“I often use poetry as a starting point for inspiration and Ahmad Schamlou’s poem, „Common Love,” deeply resonates with me and speaks about our shared humanity.
We all grapple with grief and trauma, both on an individual and collective level. But with this common ground, we feel less alone. This is human nature: we see and feel that others experience similar struggles therefore we feel bonded and hopeful.
That is why we create art and culture to reach beyond our differences. The most powerful works in my opinion are those which connect people and evoke shared emotions without explanation.”