Morteza Soorani is a visual artist born in Ahvaz, southwest Iran in 1988. He draws inspiration from observation and empiricism to depict a unique perspective on the relationship between humans and water. Soorani employs a variety of mediums--including video, text, photography, and installation--to examine the role of water in contemporary life. Since 2017, Soorani has focused on creating works that address the pollution and drying up of the Karun River, Iran's longest freshwater river, which is where he was born and raised. Through his artwork, Soorani depicts the impact of the water crisis on families, ecosystems, and individuals who once relied on the river's abundance. In 2023, Soorani moved to the Netherlands. He currently resides there.