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Iran Arts Calendar

22 Apr 2011 12:41Comments
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Mohammad Rasoulof's "The White Meadows" at the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival. Parastou Forouhar's "The Swanrider" at the Beirut Exhibition Center.

PERFORMING ARTS

The feature-length documentary Pearls on the Ocean Floor, directed by Robert Adanto, screens at the Bowers Museum in SANTA ANA, California. This thought-provoking film examines the lives and works of female visual artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. It features interviews with Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar who express what is often missing in the Western media's coverage of Iran: individual perspectives regarding issues of identity, gender, and the role art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with Iranian women. A Q&A session with the director will follow the screening. April 30. more...

Mohammad Rasoulof's masterpiece The White Meadows (Keshtzarhaye Sepid) screens in ROCHESTER, New York, as part of the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival. In this beautiful and staggering film, Rahmat, a professional collector of tears, makes his way across the placid waters and otherworldly salt islands of Lake Urmia from one isolate community to the next. Attending on grief of myriad shades, he raises a small glass vial to the cheeks of the bereaved. The derivative he transfers to a large stoppered bottle, slowly filling with liquid sorrow. Rasoulof -- recently sentenced to six years in prison -- raises the ageless mirror of myth to reflect on the deepest truths of his homeland today. May 1. more... The White Meadows will also screen at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre in LOS ANGELES, California. May 11. more...

The Fourth Annual Iranian Film Festival -- San Francisco, a showcase for independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, is inviting filmmakers from everywhere to submit their films to the next edition, which will take place September 10-11 in SAN FRANCISCO. The films should be related to Iran by any filmmaker from any country, or made by an Iranian filmmaker on any subject. There are no restrictions on topic or length; the festival is open to all genres. There is no entry fee -- submissions are free to support the filmmakers. Submission deadline: August 1. more...

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Morono Kiang Gallery in LOS ANGELES and Aaran Gallery in TEHRAN present My Super Hero, an exhibition of new works by Iranian contemporary artists. It is curated by Nazila Noebashari, founder and director of the Aaran Gallery, and Shervin Shabazi, gallery director of the Morono Kiang Gallery.

My Super Hero consists of new works created for these exhibits by a diverse group of more than 30 Iranian artists, including Abbas Kowsari, Ala Dehghan, Ala Ebtekar, Ali Reza Jodey, Amir Ali Bashiri, Amitis Motevalli, Arash Fayez, Arash Hanaei, Arash Sedaghatkish, Baktash Sarang, Barbad Golshiri, Behdad Lahooti, Behrang Samadzadeghan, Elika Hedayat, Farhad Fouzoni, Farsad Labbauf, Ghazal Khatibi, Hadi Nasiri, Hamed Rashtian, Jinoos Taghizadeh, Maryam Amini, Mojtaba Amini, Morteza Zahedi, Nasim Davari, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Neda Razavipour, Newsha Tavakolian, Sahand Hesamyan, Sara Abbasian, Shahram Entekhabi, and Siamak Filizadeh. Through April 30. more...

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (formerly B21) in DUBAI presents Reza Aramesh's Walking in the Darkness of a Promised Light. The exhibition features four new photographic images and five new sculptures that follows on the themes of Aramesh's 2009 show -- conflict, wealth, religion, culture, and oppression. Through May 6. more...

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde will also be participating in the Art Brussels Contemporary Art Fair. At Booth 3B-27, the gallery -- making its debut at the BRUSSELS expo -- will be presenting new works by Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, as well as Reza Aramesh. Employing gesso and watercolor, Rokni Haerizadeh cunningly violates found media images depicting human suffering and transforms them, sometimes unrecognizably, into imaginary fairytales: humorous, grotesque, satirical, and bitter. In his new series, Bad Hejab, Ramin Haerizadeh cuts up and rearranges photographic images, creating a world of contradictions and absurdities, substituting his subjects' faces with his own in an exploration of the fragmented Iranian identity. Aramesh's latest series, shot in the Palace of Versailles, presents a kaleidoscope of bewildering juxtapositions; a dazzling meĢlange of performance, theatricality, and moral questioning of wealth, power, conflict, and culture. Through May 1. more...

At the Beirut Exhibition Center on BEIRUT's New Waterfront, Rose Issa Projects will present Zendegi: Twelve Contemporary Iranian Artists. Works by both prominent and emerging artists working in diverse media will be featured. Zendegi, Persian for "life," will be the first major group show of contemporary Iranian artists in the Lebanese capital. The artists are Maliheh Afnan, Farhad Ahrarnia, Mohammed Ehsai, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Parastou Forouhar, Shadi Ghadirian, Bita Ghezelayagh, Taraneh Hemami, Abbas Kiarostami, Farhad Moshiri, Najaf Shokri, and Mitra Tabrizian. Through May 30. more...

In LOS ANGELES, Elizabeth Taylor in Iran, a photographic series by Firooz Zahedi, can be seen at LACMA's Ahmanson Building. In 1976, Taylor visited Iran for the first and only time. Accompanying her was Zahedi, a recent art school graduate who has since gone on to become a successful Hollywood photographer. Iran provided an exotic and engaging locale for Taylor, a tireless global wanderer still at the height of her fame. For Zahedi, who left Iran as a child, this was a reintroduction to his own country. His vivid photographs of their remarkable journey are shown together here for the first time. Through June 12. more...

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