Since 1995, Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar has implemented her 'Written Rooms' in various locations. Her work aims to encourage viewers to examine their perceptions of and ways of dealing with language and identity. In the MSK, she painted the walls and ceiling of the museum's foyer.
Forouhar's oeuvre has an autobiographical character and a socio-political dimension. Her mother was an activist, and her father was a minister in the interim government of 1979. Both were murdered in 1998 because of their open criticism of human rights violations by the Islamic Republic. As an immigrant, she has had to deal with the loss of her mother tongue, Farsi, which now only lives on in her memory. Besides her critical standpoint of the Iranian regime, and Muslim fundamentalism, her work tackles universal themes such as displacement, gender and cultural identity.