Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. After an incident in her personal life, while still in university, she packed her life in a backpack and started a nomad life to search for a place that could be called home. She has worked internationally but remained focus on stories that illuminates her background. Her self-initiated and self-funded projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence and sexuality. She is currently working on a long-term multi-phase project documenting the lives of youth and their culture in societies dealing with oppression or conflict. Kiana was an IAAB fellow in 2011 and completed a CIS artist residency at MIT University in the following year, 2012. In 2014, she was named as one of the emerging photographers by PDN 30 Under 30. In 2016, she was selected for IWMF fellowship to report on her proposed story in Rwanda and DRC and was selected as the recipient of Chris Hondros Fund Award as an emerging photographer. In 2017, she received a grant from European Journalism Center to do a series of reporting on gender equality out of Afghanistan. Kiana is a TED fellow and her work has appeared in Le Monde, Der Spiegel, VQR, Harper's Magazine, Washington Post, Sunday Times Magazine, NPR, Monocle Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Marie Clare US, Glamour, The Globe and Mail, Aljazeera America and CBC, among others. She is currently based in between Kabul and Tehran, covering the region.
English, Farsi, Dari