PUBLIC SPACE THROUGH THE LENS
OF CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN ARTISTS
Curated by Gohar Dashti
9.1.2017 – 10.29.2017
Featuring photography and video installations, this exhibition examines the concept of “Public Space” from the viewpoint of the artist. The collective experience of Iranian citizens that has been subject to political and social transformations. The works in this exhibition are not only documented narratives of urban life, but also an artistic reflection of life experiences in Iran.
Why we need your support!
As you can imagine, it is difficult and expensive to have artwork shipped from Iran to the U.S. Your support will go toward covering the costs of printing and framing the work locally, along with equipment needed to display the videos, and other costs that come with producing an exhibition such as signage and, if we raise enough funds, a catalog to accompany the exhibition. It will also allow us to bring the curator, Gohar, and some of the artists to Washington, DC for the opening and for a series of public programs we have scheduled throughout the September and October.
Friday, September 1st, 6-9pm
Opening Reception / First Friday
Meet curator Gohar Dashti & artist Arash Fayez. Sponsored by Circa.
Thursday, September 21st, 6:30-8:30pm
Hip-Hop Performance and Workshop
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Special performance and workshop event with Hip-Hop artist Mana Eini. Rapping in both English and Farsi, Mana combines her Persian sounds with soulful singing and an enticing flow. Mana is the founder of Lipstick Revolt, an international women’s organization that empowers other female MCs, artists, and poets to express themselves as well as raise awareness about political and social issues.
Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life, Lipstick Revolt, and the Aftab Committee.
Saturday, September 23rd, 7pm-Midnight
Art All Night – Made in DC
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Hillyer celebrates Art All Night with performances curated by Alexandra “Rex” Delafkaran and DIY screen printing influenced by Persian design patterns.
Friday, October 6th, 6-9pm
First Friday Gallery Walk
Wednesday, October 11th, 7-9pm
Panel Discussion – Art in Context: Iran
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Join us for a panel discussion on Iranian and Iranian-American culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. Panelists include Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, an Iranian-American artist who works as an installation artist and sculptor, and Shahrooz Shekaraubi, Founder and President of the Aftab Committee. The conversation will be moderated by Nazila Fathi, reporter and author of The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran.
Thursday, October 19th, 7-9pm
Film screening of Persepolis.
CLICK HERE for more info. In collaboration with Fantom Comics, join us for a screening of “Persepols” based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.
Wednesday, October 25th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk with Farima Fooladi
Join Hillyer for a talk by Farima Fooladi, whose works draw on themes, symbols, and stories from Iranian visuals and literature to comment on the lasting impact of collective trauma.
Presented by the Middle East Institute.
Friday, October 27th, 7-8:30pm
Kamyar Arsani & Huda Asfour LIVE
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Join the Aftab Committee and Hillyer for a night of Contemporary Persian Traditional music with Kamyar Arsani and Huda Asfour.
International Arts & Artists would like to thank Gohar Dashti for her diligent work and vision in bringing this exhibition to fruition.
We would also like to acknowledge Mitra Lore, Shiva Sharif, and Shahrooz Shekaraubi and the Aftab Committee for helping to raise awareness and support to make this exhibition possible.
Thank you to our exhibition sponsor Framebridge.