A collection of notes from the Iranian diaspora.
Arts, culture, community.

Sanaz Mazinani's new public art installation, U.S.A.I.R.A.N. in Washington, DC. Photographed by Jerry Truong.

From FB:

U.S.A.I.R.A.N obscures the perceived divide between Iranian and US identities. By reappropriating the exterior of a vacant building in D.C.’s thriving H Street corridor, artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a sculptural symbol for the transference of culture in which one’s personal politics are recontextualized and cross-examined. 

The installation brings attention to the void of Washington D.C.’s official Embassy of Iran, which has stood regal yet vacant on Massachusetts Avenue NW since 1980. Mazinani wraps a quintessential mid-century American building — the site of the former Robert L. Christian Community Library — in intricate Islamic patterns. Articulating the nebulous sense of place from the perspective of an emigrant, muraled windows and walls reference the architectural details of the former Embassy. Upon close inspection, one will see that these patterns are comprised of mass media imagery, composed in both parallels and contradictions. U.S.A.I.R.A.N examines absence and placelessness, while at the same time explores the potential for harmony. It is a site from which to build mutual respect and activate cultural exchange.

Iranian American artist Taraneh Hemami presents her work Theory of Survival - Fabrications: 

"A pop-up bazaar of ideas and ideologies that celebrates movements of dissent in Iran and its diaspora through the production of collected historical archives in hand-crafted replications, using the traditional bazaar architecture. Using hand-made and manufactured wares and objects which carefully replicate portraits, logos, slogans and maps, the project creates memorials to time, place and people, while building a repository of knowledge that make visible an otherwise unaccounted for history. Fabrications is part of the larger Theory of Survival project, which, since 2007, has amassed historical archives from local communities and the web through residencies and collective efforts. This material includes decades of otherwise banned and censored printed matter belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California, which was active from 1964-84 and reflects the political sensibilities of its time.

See Theory of Survival: Fabrications at Southern Exposure, San Francisco

September 5 – October 25, 2014

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Participating Artists: Morehshin Allahyari, Ali Dadgar, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Arash Fayez, Hushidar Mortezaie, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sanaz Mazinani, Amitis Motevalli, Haleh Niazmand, Azin Seraj, Taravat Talepasand

More at https://www.facebook.com/events/623044717809161/ and http://creative-capital.org/projects/view/712.

 

Mohsen Namjoo & Ebrahim Nabavi, in dialogue (in Persian) Sept 21 3-5pm at UC Irvine’s Jordan Center for Persian Studies.  

Hafez Nazeri, now based in NYC, on his #1  album “Untold” bringing classical music traditions from Iran, India, Europe to mainstream classical audiences through verses of Rumi. 

PORTRAITS: REFLECTIONS BY EMERGING IRANIAN ARTISTS
Curated by Roya Khadjavi Heidari + Massoud Nader
Rogue Space Chelsea, New York, NY 508 West 26th Street, NYC
September 17 – 29, 2014

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the opening of the exhibition Iran Inside Out at the Chelsea Museum in 2009 and on the first anniversary of Iran Modern, which debuted at the Asia Society in 2013, curators Roya Khadjavi Heidari and Massoud Nader announce Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists, a groundbreaking group show which will further shed light on, and explore, Iran’s contemporary art scene by showcasing work by over 20 young Iranian artists who were raised, educated, and born there. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 to September 29, 2014 at Rogue Space Gallery, located at 508 West 26th Street, New York, New York.
With a catalogue featuring acclaimed scholar and Co-founder  + Editor of the bilingual magazine TehranAvenue, Sohrab Mahdavi, the exhibition is sponsored by ArteEast,ArtTable, City Gallery & Framing, Iranian-American Women’s Foundation, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), patrons and collectors Anahita Rahimzadeh + Amir Khajehnouri, Rogue Space Chelsea, The Committee, and AKArt Advisory. Currently on the Host Committee are Azita Aghravi, Maryam Ayromlou, Sanam Akhlagh, Negin Baradari, Iman Bacodari, Jeyran Ghara, Marjan Ghara, Tamilla Ghodsi, Laya Khadjavi, Nazgol Saati, and Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi.

























 



Panel Discussion: September 21, 2014, 4-6pm
Anne Barlow, Executive Director, Art in General
Bahar Behbahani, Artist
Layla S. Diba, Independent Curator and Art Advisor
Mahnaz Fancy, Executive Director, ArteEast

Artist Talk: September 28, 2014, 1-3pm
Farsad Labbauf, Artist 

PORTRAITS: REFLECTIONS BY EMERGING IRANIAN ARTISTS

Curated by Roya Khadjavi Heidari + Massoud Nader

Rogue Space Chelsea, New York, NY 508 West 26th Street, NYC

September 17 – 29, 2014

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the opening of the exhibition Iran Inside Out at the Chelsea Museum in 2009 and on the first anniversary of Iran Modern, which debuted at the Asia Society in 2013, curators Roya Khadjavi Heidari and Massoud Nader announce Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists, a groundbreaking group show which will further shed light on, and explore, Iran’s contemporary art scene by showcasing work by over 20 young Iranian artists who were raised, educated, and born there. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 to September 29, 2014 at Rogue Space Gallery, located at 508 West 26th Street, New York, New York.

With a catalogue featuring acclaimed scholar and Co-founder  + Editor of the bilingual magazine TehranAvenue, Sohrab Mahdavi, the exhibition is sponsored by ArteEast,ArtTable, City Gallery & Framing, Iranian-American Women’s Foundation, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), patrons and collectors Anahita Rahimzadeh + Amir Khajehnouri, Rogue Space Chelsea, The Committee, and AKArt Advisory. Currently on the Host Committee are Azita Aghravi, Maryam Ayromlou, Sanam Akhlagh, Negin Baradari, Iman Bacodari, Jeyran Ghara, Marjan Ghara, Tamilla Ghodsi, Laya Khadjavi, Nazgol Saati, and Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi.

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Panel Discussion: September 21, 2014, 4-6pm

Anne Barlow, Executive Director, Art in General

Bahar Behbahani, Artist

Layla S. Diba, Independent Curator and Art Advisor

Mahnaz Fancy, Executive Director, ArteEast

Artist Talk: September 28, 2014, 1-3pm

Farsad Labbauf, Artist 

New book on contemporary Iranian art by Talinn Grigor, Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University, Boston. Out October 3, 2014. 

Sonic Journey Through Iran — another cool project to support on Kickstarter. Creating a sample library of Iranian music, by Iranian musicians, who actually get paid for their labor. Cheers to that!

"Iran Air," by Hiatus ft. Shura = London Iranians + family photo nostalgia + dreamy electronic music.

Magic of Persia events and exhibition in LA & NYC in the coming months. Save the date!
Call for artists — Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2015. Deadline Oct 24, 2014!
RIP to the Lioness of the Persian Ghazal, Simin Behbahani. From her classic poem, “Dobareh Misaazamet Vatan.” 

RIP to the Lioness of the Persian Ghazal, Simin Behbahani. From her classic poem, “Dobareh Misaazamet Vatan.” 

“A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor and a stubborn question mark, “Fifi Howls From Happiness” registers, by turns, as a celebration, an excavation and an increasingly urgent rescue mission. The movie was directed by Mitra Farahani, an Iranian filmmaker who lives in Paris. In 2010, she discovered that the long-disappeared Mr. Mohassess, a septuagenarian, had been living in a hotel in Rome for decades. She grabbed a digital video camera and — with his insistent, sometimes humorously bossy input on how she should proceed — began shooting, recording his reminiscences of his life in and out of Iran and sharing images of his art.”

—   New York Times review of Mitra Farahani’s “Fifi Howls from Happiness,” playing now in New York & Los Angeles. 

World Premiere of RED ROSE by Sepideh Farsi at TIFF 2014

World premiere of RED ROSE by Sepideh Farsi at TIFF 2014.

Synopsis: A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from the police, in this fascinating drama that blends scripted scenes with on-the-ground footage from Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution.

Ramin Karimloo, on banjo, with Sergio Ortega on guitar, performs “Bring Him Home” from the musical “Les Misérables,” now at the Imperial Theater. For the New York Times. 

farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."

farsizaban:

"Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal — known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" — since the award was established in 1936. The Stanford mathematics professor was awarded the prestigious honor for her contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems."