College of the Arts
Art and Design
Fazilat Soukhakian is an Iranian artist, photographer and assistant professor of photography at the Department of Art & Design at Utah State University.
Fascinated by human interest stories and what they tell us about society, she started her career as a photojournalist for one of the major news agencies in Iran. By witnessing the struggles of people around her from all walks of life, her work started evolving from being an observer to becoming an active participant in trying to highlight and deal with the issues of her surroundings through visual art.
She considers herself a visual storyteller who observes and records her concerns regarding social and political issues that surround her as a means for social change and justice. Her work reflects on contemporary issues concerning gender inequality, gender segregation, and the loss of national identity.
Her photography is a combination of a theoretical and historical understanding of space combined with the creation of human interest stories, which result out of her observations and experiences. Her work has been shown throughout national and international exhibitions, and she has received a multitude of awards and recognition.