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Iran Arts Calendar

19 Jul 2011 13:22Comments
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Siavash Ghomayshi and Shadmehr Aghili, coming to the Greek Theatre. Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi's "Autumn" at Tripoli Gallery.

PERFORMING ARTS

Singer-songwriters Siavash Ghomayshi and Shadmehr Aghili will be appearing together at the Greek Theatre in LOS ANGELES's Griffith Park. "Although Ghomayshi's voice might not be considered powerful in the classic sense," writes Allmusic's Pouya Partovi, "his warmth is engaging and his songs are very intimate. His music can be considered as Persian-language pop/rock, in contrast to the vocal stylings most often associated with adult contemporary singers." Aghili's 1997 debut album, Bahareman (My Spring), featured his own creative arrangements of Persian classical and folkloric music. Subsequently exploring rock 'n' roll and other contemporary styles, he left Iran in 2002 after his Adam o Hava (Adam and Eve) CD was legally barred from release and he was banned from working either as a singer or instrumentalist. Destiny is his most recent album. July 23. more...

Mohammad Rasoulof's masterpiece The White Meadows (Keshtzarhaye Sepid) screens at the Dutmers Theatre in TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, as part of the Traverse City 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. July 27, 28, and 30. more... The White Meadows will also screen at the Palm Springs Art Museum in PALM SPRINGS, California. July 28. more... And at the Asia Society in HONG KONG. July 30. 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

The Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery presents a collaborative series of works by video artist and filmmaker Shoja Azari and painter Shahram Karimi, along with sculptures by Rachel Hovanian and Alexis Laurent. The New York City-based gallery's "pop-up" summer exhibition will be hosted by the Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in SOUTHAMPTON, New York. In the four pieces of the Silence series, one devoted to each of the seasons, Azari projects videos over paintings by Karimi that combine landscape and calligraphy. As projected water gently ripples over the canvases, the fixed and ephemeral images echo and complete each other. The effect is calming, but the precision and delicacy with which the two mediums interact keeps the viewer attentive. July 29-August 15. more...

Aaran Gallery in TEHRAN presents the inaugural exhibition of the AKSbazi.com project. AKSbazi founder Haleh Anvari describes the project's mission:

It seems that every 30 years we destroy memories. With each photo burnt or deleted we allow a tiny pixel to be lost from the greater image which is our collective memory; that's when reality can be rearranged to suit the editor of the day.

AKSbazi.com started working in April 2009 with an express hope to provide a forum for ordinary Iranians to recreate their own image, away from the prevalent clichés and exotic shorthands used by various acting editors. In a series of games our members show Iranian spaces and moods familiar to us all, but not ordinarily available to the outsider.

Although it started life as a personal digital installation, AKSbazi.com has now become an invaluable archive of moments of life in Iran through the lens of its ordinary citizens. It is now a collective effort creating a platform for "citizen documentation," a vault to safe-keep pixels that must not be lost again.

A selection committee comprising Kaveh Kazemi, Shohreh Mehran, Mehran Mohajer, Neda Razavipour, and Ramin Sedighi has selected photographs from 66 "players" for the exhibition. Through July 21. more...

A Review of Contemporary Iranian Calligraphic Painting over the Past 50 Years is the showcase summer exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in TEHRAN. (Our arts correspondent in the capital took a close look at this institution and its fascinating history earlier this year in "'And I Know': Metallica at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art".) The collection includes an array of works by modern masters in the calligraphic field including Jalil Rasouli, Seyyed Mohammad Ehsai, Faramarz Pilaram, Nasrollah Afjehei, Hosseyn Zenderoudi, Reza Mafi, Sadegh Barbarani, Sadegh Tabrizi, Taha Behbahani, Asadollah Kiani, Ebrahim Haghighi, Abolghasem Atighehchi, Sedaghat Jabari, Javad Bakhtiari, and Ali Shirazi. Rasouli's new book Noorali Noor, featuring his most recent work, is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Through August 31. more...

The work of the ten artists and designers shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 2011, to be awarded September 12, will be showcased at LONDON's Victoria and Albert Museum. The Jameel Prize, launched in 2009, is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. Of the ten shortlisted out of nearly 200 nominees, five are from Iran or of Iranian heritage. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's Birds of Paradise demonstrates her distinctive style of adapting and combining Iranian traditions of mirror mosaic and reverse glass painting techniques with a modern aesthetic. Bita Ghezelayagh's Felt Memories series is inspired by the Islamic tradition of talismanic coats, worn to protect the wearer from misfortune. She creates a new visual language, using metal keys, crowns, tulips (symbols of martyrdom), machine guns, and other street symbols along with printed Persian phrases to cover the surface of her pieces.

In his multidisciplinary work, Babak Golkar examines sociocultural issues experienced from living in both the Middle East and Canada. His Negotiating the Space for Possible Coexistences No.5 is part of a series that uses Persian carpet patterns as blueprints for architectural scale models. The titles of Hadieh Shafie's new 22500 and 26000 Pages refer to the number of paper strips with which the respective scroll ensembles are composed. Each scroll is marked with printed and handwritten Farsi, the concentric forms of both text and material taking their inspiration from the dance of the dervishes. In the digital collages Frolicking Women in the Pool and Fashion Week, Soody Sharifi enlarges scans of traditional Persian miniature paintings and interjects them with her own photographs to create layered, evocative narratives. Through September 25. more...

Leila Pazooki is one of the 11 international artists whose work is featured in the See the Light exhibition at Espace Louis Vuitton in HONG KONG. Pazooki's work explores the aesthetics of context, revealing the creative force that can emerge both from working within and transcending various moral, religious, and ideological frameworks. In her See the Light piece, she sets art world buzzphrases -- which may or not be hypothetical -- to glow and fade as an ironic comment on fashion and fame. Through October. more...

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