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Public Lives Private Spaces - Tehran: New Art and Digital Media from Iran

sanaz-home-iAlphonse Berber Gallery
Berkeley, CA
30 March ~ 10 April 2010

As part of their year-long Islam Today program focusing on new media, politics and popular culture in the Muslim world, the Center for South Asia Studies, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley present an art exhibition highlighting new work by young Iranian artists.

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Too many images representing Iranians are created by and for news Media who are inevitably influenced by either stereotyped pre-conceptions or their governments and their agendas. is a response to a need by Iranians to re-define their own image, a sensibility which has manifested itself repeatedly in Iran’s art and cinema in the past 30 years, but is now becoming even more urgent.

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Fataneh Dadkhah's photographs at Candlestar

Fataneh-DadkhahFataneh Dadkhah is a pioneer of stage photography as an artistic discipline in Iran.

Dadkhah’s beautiful Balouchi Bride series can be commissioned exclusively from Candlestar as limited edition prints.

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Exhibition: Tehran-New York

March 05  – Apr 01, 2010
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery

HOSSEIN-EDALATKHAH-Brothel-Keepers-2008-iTEHRAN – NEW YORK will explore synergies and differences among the works of 40 well-known and emerging contemporary Iranian artists living in Iran and the U.S.

The exhibition does not aim to define Iranian art, but rather to examine the unique visions that exist among Iranian artists, while encouraging a much-needed place for dialogue.  However great the distance, there are always loose ties that unite these artists across the globe.

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Iranian participants in 1st International Exhibition - poster for a Healthier World.

poster-Healthier-World-ali_shoghi_benam-iInstitute of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Design, Mexico
The exhibition opened on January 25 2010

At this time, Institute’s mission as journalists is to educate parents and those interested in the welfare of children and people in general about health and prevent developmental problems caused by exposure to toxic substances, but also educate the media, policy makers and general public on the fact that environmental health is a key determinant of public health.

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Vintage Fashion in Iran: Photographs from the first half of the twentieth century

Vintage-Fashion-Iran-8-iEstablishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 meant that women were forced to wear Hijab and that it is strictly forbidden for women to be photographed without Hijab.

There was a time, following the military coup of 1920 when women were forced not to wear Hijab. Here are a few photographs from the first half of the twentieth century, the rise of industrial era in Iran.

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Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

3930112078_c40656854a_b-iHaggerty Museum of Art, through Jan. 17, 2010
Milwaukee, WI

An exhibition of more than 60 works of photography and video installations by 20 of Iran’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition gathers personal perspectives of contemporary Iran filtered through individual sensibilities, while simultaneously addressing public concerns.

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2009

Road-man-iFlickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications on the net. This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2009. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2009.

Participation criteria  for the photo selection was to have the word  “Iran”  in the photo tag or in the description, plus a high number of views/favorites, and finally uploaded by the photographer in 2009. Please post or link other photos that you find as top rated.

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Exhibition: Falnama - The Book of Omens


Smithsonian Institution – Thru Jan. 24, 2010
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Whether by consulting the position of the planets, casting horoscopes, or interpreting dreams, the art of divination was widely practiced throughout the Islamic world. The most splendid tools ever devised to foretell the future were illustrated texts known as the Falnama (Book of omens). Notable for their monumental size, brilliantly painted compositions, and unusual subject matter, the manuscripts, created in Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, are the center piece of Falnama: The Book of Omens.

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Sohrab Aarabi 'Freedom Warrior of Iran' will be Memorialized in Bronze


San Francisco City Supervisior Ross Mirkarimi will unveil renown sculptor, Paula Slater’s bronze portrait sculptures of Sohrab ‘Freedom Warrior’ and Neda ‘Angel of Freedom’ on December 12th in San Francisco as part of “Arts United 4 Iran”.

Master sculptor, Paula Slater, who sculpted the much beloved bronze portrait sculptures of Neda ‘Angel of Iran’ and Neda ‘Angel of Freedom’ received many requests for her to also please sculpt a portrait bust of Sohrab Aarabi.  Sohrab was a 19 year old Iranian pro-democracy student who disappeared after his participation in a June 2009 protest against the fraudulent election.  Aarabi’s parents filed a missing person’s report and each day his mother took his photograph to prisons and courts in search of information.

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Artists for Iran, a Celebration of the Arts and Human Rights

"I'm Still Waiting"  Sophia Gasparian

"I'm Still Waiting" by Sophia Gasparian

Los Angeles, December 12 7:30pm
Exhibition open till Dec. 31

Levantine Cultural Center presents an extensive roster of artists and performers in “Artists for Iran,” a celebration of the arts and human rights in conjunction with, which is coordinating related programs in 27 cities worldwide. Combining cultural diplomacy and human rights, “Artists for Iran” comes on the heels of International Human Rights Day. Artists from Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East along with Americans of diverse backgrounds will merge in a space devoted to art, photography, poetry, live performance, comedy and more.

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ReOrient 2009

REORIENT-2009-i San Francisco, November 19 – December 13

For four weeks, this one of a kind festival turns San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from around the world. Providing a rare opportunity for artists and audiences alike to engage deeply and directly with the Middle East in a creative and supportive setting that displaces misinformation and encourages understanding.

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Exhibit: Iranian banknotes uprising

iranian-banknotes-iAnti-government activists are not allowed to express themselves in Iranian media, so theses activists have taken their expressions to another high circulation mass-medium, banknotes. The Central Bank of Iran has tried to take these banknotes out of circulation, but there are just too many of them, and gave up. For the activists’ people it’s a way of saying “We are here, and the green movement is going on”.

Following are examples of such banknotes, mostly written in green ink:

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1001 colors: Contemporary art from Iran

Leila-Zafar-ladan-iNovember 2 – 22, 2009 Canvas New York Art

New York is set to hold an exhibition of paintings by 23 internationally-renowned and emerging contemporary artists from Iran. 1001 Colors, Contemporary Art from Iran will present 50 artworks created in various styles including expressionism and abstract, addressing the interplay between the traditional and modern Iranian culture.

Iranian Enlightenment Week - New York City

dervish-i1Nov. 06 – Asia Society: Women of Iran Film Series: Border Cafe
Nov. 07 – Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery: Roya Akhavan: Nexus
Nov. 08 – Open Center: Lecture, An Evening of Persian Mystical Poetry
Nov. 10 – New York University: Hafez Nazeri, Meet the Artist
Nov. 11 – Asia Society: A Conversation/Demo, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri
Nov. 14 – Carnegie Hall: Rumi Symphony Project: Cycle 1 performance
Nov. 20 – Metropolitan Museum of Art: Artistic Lineages in Persian Painting, Lecture by Dr. Layla S. Diba

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Exhibition: A Diasporic offering to the Ancestors

Join Priya Assal and many other SF BayArea artists at Oakland’s Gallery 550
Nov 6th – 28th 2009

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