Nava Derakhshani is a New York based multimedia artist born to Iranian parents in eSwatini. She studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked in South Africa and India on low-cost eco housing and urban design. Her Masters in Sustainable Development took her to rural Ethiopia researching the spiritual and historic ties to farming and conservation. Through creative workshops, she worked with NGOs such as Oxfam and PLAN International on gender issues. She also worked in grassroots organisations as a staff photographer and participatory action researcher. She facilitated Photovoice and Collaborative Video methods to strengthen community in their activisms. Her 2014 project on food and family was recognised by the UN FAO and exhibited at their headquarters in Rome. Her Daughters of Dust podcast about Iranian migrants to Africa was shortlisted for the 2019 NPR Google podcast award. Her photography featured at the Queer Feminist Film Festival in South Africa, and her ceramic works, represented by Eclectia Contemporary Gallery were shown at the 2019 Johannesburg International Art Fair. She is a graduate of the International Centre for Photography, where she used performance and collage to explore the nuances of her mixed identity in her project Zaneh Parsi.