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Iran Arts Calendar

29 Jul 2011 22:59Comments
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Lily Afshar, coming to the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. "Word for Word" (2007), by Amirali Ghasemi, "TVDinner" cocurator and artist. (Homepage: "Kick in Iran" at the Noor Film Festival.)

PERFORMING ARTS

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...

The Fourth Annual Noor Film Festival takes place at the James Bridges Theatre in LOS ANGELES. The festival will include two new feature-length dramatic films: Circumstance (Sharayet), directed by Maryam Keshavarz; and Lost Journey, directed by Ant Horasanli. Five documentary features will also be presented: Letters to the President, Kick in Iran, Fahimeh's Story (Dastane Fahimeh), Chasing Che, and American Coup. On each of the festival's three days, there will also be screenings of several short films by and about Iranians both in the homeland and the diaspora. August 5-7. more...

Classical guitarist Lily Afshar performs in the Beverly Hills International Music Festival at Temple Emanuel of BEVERLY HILLS, California. The Tehran-born Afshar was honored with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston Conservatory, and the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist in Los Angeles. Her other awards include the Top Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and Grand Prize in the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition. She has served as Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency to Africa. This summer, she returned to Iran to perform a series of concerts and master classes in Tehran, Isfahan, Gorgan, and Bandar Abbas. August 9. 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 30. more... The White Meadows will also screen at the Asia Society in HONG KONG. July 30. more...

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

OtherIS presents the public video art project TVDinner, starting at Immigrant Movement International in QUEENS, New York. Curator Sandra Skurvida (Iran and Iraq) worked with cocurators Amirali Ghasemi (Iran), Sohrab Kashani (Iran), Shireen Naziree (Burma), Lena Prents (Belarus), and Aneta Szylak and Hiwa K. (Iraqi Kurdistan) to bring together videos from countries sanctioned by the United States. TVDinner draws from BBCCCIILNSSSZ/////, a database of video art from and about U.S.-sanctioned countries that succeeds the SanctionedArray project produced in response to restrictions of video submissions to the Guggenheim Museum and YouTubeʼs Play biennial in 2010.

The featured artists include Sherko Abbas, Erfan Abdi, Mehrdad Afsari, Tara Najd Ahmadi, Mojtaba Amini, Bahar Behbahani, Negar Behbahani, Wafaa Bilal, Nisrine Boukhari, Skirwan Can, caraballo-farman, Anna Chkolnikova, Gohar Dashti, Samira Eskandarfar, Shirwan Fatih, Amirali Ghasemi, Haleh Ghasemi, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Farid Jafari Samarghandi, Hiwa K., Poshya Kakil, Behnam Kamrani, Simin Keramati, Khosro Khosravi, Htein Lin, Rozhgar Mahmud Mustafa, Marina Naprushkina, Nosrat Nosratian, Nassrin Nasser, Aliyar Rasti, Horen Gharib Rauf, Neda Razavipoor, Shirin Sabahi, Sona Safaei, Niyaz Saghari, Hamed Sahihi, Larissa Sansour, Rozita Sharafjahan, Chaw Ei Thein, and Maxim Tyminko. TVDinner will continue around New York City at cafés and restaurants associated with the represented countries. Opening July 30. At various venues through November 30. more...

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. Through August 15. 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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