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Artist Panni Malekzadeh interprets her conservative Iranian upbringing into a fantasy world of longing and innocence.

Her glossy paintings of Iranian young women—drawn from her own family and friends—are equal parts provocative and naive.

Panni Malekzadeh received her Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art and her BA from Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles and published in the Grafuck anthology of erotic art. Love Me Til It Hurts is on view at Freight and Volume in New York City through Aug. 11, 2012.

Read the full interview here.