When asked about her victory, Zolfaghari said:
“I am very excited to receive this award. It is an important and noteworthy moment for me as I have not exhibited outside of Iran before. I am thrilled that the message of my work has resonated with the judging panel. This award has also prepared me for challenges ahead –it’s a good stimulus for me to trust and persevere in my practice.
My work can be briefly summarised in two themes: insecurity and passivity. The country that I live in does not allow me to have complete security. Social, political and economic security is something that, in its absence or in the possibility of it not being actualized, leads me to paint a city empty of human beings –a city in which human beings have been forced to choose isolation, suffocation and repression.
I would like to thank the dear judges who considered my work worthy of receiving the award. Finally, thank you to my kind nominator, Maryam Kouhestani, for introducing me to this great initiative!”