Diaspora Letters is a multimedia art project by artist and historian Beeta Baghoolizadeh
Born and raised in Los Angeles to Iranian immigrant parents, Beeta Baghoolizadeh (PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania) was raised in the Iranian diaspora capital of the world, Tehrangeles. She holds a B.A. in Iranian Studies and International Development Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. Currently, Beeta is an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies and is the artist behind Diaspora Letters. Contrary to her last name, she is not a fan of baghali polo.
Diaspora Letters began as a response to a variety of tensions and anxieties that stemmed out of the political climate – the Muslim Ban and the ongoing threat of war between Iran and the US. Since its launch on Instagram in September of 2017, Diaspora Letters has developed into a few forthcoming projects, including a graphic history book and a documentary film, as well as a recent art exhibit at Twelve Gates Arts. Diaspora Letters focuses on the banal and the mundane, the kind of every day stories that get ignored by mass media coverage and archival preservation efforts.