Hossein Hajizadeh Siboni was born in 1989 in Gilan, Iran.

Writer and visual artist, he grew up in an isolated plastic hut in a forest near Gilan with his family without access to school. His first contact with art was at the age of six, when Mr. Farhad Mehranfar made a documentary about the Kurdish family lifestyle: Me and My Birds, which was banned from showing in Iran. Two years after the making of the documentary, several friends of the director decided to help the family and he started going to school in a village, but over the years poverty and a different way of life in society prevented him from continuing his studies.

His dreams disappeared in the dust of the dictatorial government system.

Addicted to crystal drugs at the age of seventeen, he accidentally discovered the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and became interested in the philosophy of the social contract and in Emile’s book on the education of children. “I was a working child,” he says. In the low streets of Tehran, suffocated by the dust of workshops and factories, drowned in the ecstasy of drugs on the corner of a ruined building, I read a book that I had no idea it would become more sacred for me than any holy book! After studying Emile, he studied French literature seriously and individually. The history of the Great French Revolution, the works of Balzac, Hugo, Zola and Camus changed his way of life.

Then he worked in the natural resource protection unit of the military for two years.

At 23, he discovered that the documentary about his family had been published by the BBC in London. “As I sat in front of television showing my childhood on a distant continent, I realized that the corrupt government system was trying to take away my childhood, my identity and my life and enslave me,” he declared. Then, he decided to dedicate his life to fighting for human rights, especially the rights of children.

Hossein was forced to leave Iran in January 2016 for writing and criticizing the government’s system of corruption, bribery and apartheid.

After crossing eight countries, he entered France through the Balkan jungle in October 2018, and is currently studying photography and cinema as a guest student at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Birth in Iran

Hossein Hajizadeh was born in 1989 in Gilan, Iran.

Revelation: the works of Rousseau

At the age of seventeen, Hossein read a book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The light bulb went on.

BBC documentary

Hossein find out that a documentary filmed on him is broadcast by the BBC.

Exil from Iran

Hossein left Iran in 2016 after criticizing the Iranian government.

Arrival in France in "Arts Decoratifs"

In 2018, he arrived in France and began his studies at the "École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs" in Paris.