Amir Khashayar Ghasemi

1979, Iran

For Amir Khashayar Ghasemi, growing up in Iran was something of a nightmare. Anger, violence, and substance abuse were very much a part of his day to day life. Internally, Amir felt very different from those he was surrounded by. He eventually found an appreciation for the art of stained glass and sand painting, however in this small community where masculinity is the way of life, these dreams of his would not be met with positivity and optimism.