Nazanin Fakoor is born in Teheran but grows up in Germany, where she studies theatre arts at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Her subsequent education in scenography, at La Cambre School of Visual Arts in Brussels, leads her ever more to the border between theatre, literature and the visual arts.

In 2004 she meets the American avant-garde director Robert Wilson, who introduces her to his artistic laboratory in New York, where they work in a similarly integrated manner: Photography, performance, video, choreography, sound and light influence one another, as partial fragments of contemporary visual and performance art. Fakoor is asked to participate in various cooperative projects and exhibitions, in theatres, museums and opera houses throughout the world, where she collaborates with Zhang Huang, Anish Kapoor and La Fura dels Baus.

Her visual installations and performances are utopian approaches to reality, which are also located at the boundary between the recognisable and estranging, between truth and illusion.