Los Angeles Exhibitions. Focus Iran, Contemporary Photography and Video

Los Angeles Exhibitions. Focus Iran, Contemporary Photography and Video
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Los Angeles Exhibitions. Focus Iran, Contemporary Photography and Video at The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM). January 25, 2015 – May 3, 2015.

Los Angeles Exhibitions. Focus Iran, Contemporary Photography and Video

Life, Amir Behroozi, digital photograph, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

Juried exhibition of contemporary photography and video gives a glimpse into contemporary life relating to Iran and the Iranian diaspora.

The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation present Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video. This juried exhibition features photography and video works from artists around the world who have documented contemporary, intimate life relating to Iran and the Iranian diaspora. The exhibition will be on view at CAFAM from January 25 through May 3, 2015.

The juried exhibition was organized as a means to identify and expose emerging artists from around the world whose works reflected on aspects of Iranian culture or heritage. The breadth and impact of the open call resulted in 615 submissions from across Europe and North America, Iran, Australia, and Japan.

A final selection of 36 works by 33 artists was chosen by a panel of jurors immersed in the field of photography: Steven Albahari, publisher of 21st Editions; visual artist Ala Ebtekar; and Lucie Foundation Executive Director Cat Jimenez. Six video works were also selected, displaying skillful techniques in the short documentary format, as well as animation.

“Partnering with the magnanimous Farhang Foundation has been a wonderful opportunity to reach out to an international pool of artists,” says CAFAM Executive Director Suzanne Isken. “Each of the works offers a vision of Iran from an artist’s perspective. This intimate portrait stands in contrast to the journalistic point of view most often served to non-Iranian audiences.”

“Farhang Foundation is dedicated to creating platforms to showcase works of emerging international artists which explore themes of Iranian heritage and culture,” says Farhang Foundation Fine Arts Council Chair Roshi Rahnama. “Focus Iran has been a perfect collaboration with the visionary Craft & Folk Art Museum, co-creating a substantive and inclusive photography and video competition resulting in a strong and diverse body of work selected by the esteemed jury panel. We are thrilled to share this celebratory exhibition of international works with the Los Angeles community and beyond.”

The selected artists: Sohrab Akhavan (USA), Mohammad Amin Nadi (Canada), Ahmad Belbasi (Iran), Amir Behroozi (Iran), Arash Bolouri (Iran), Yasmin Chegini (USA), Jovan Erfan (USA), Ramin Etemadi Bozorg (Iran), Majid Farahani (Iran), Marjan Farsad (Canada), Milad Haddadiyan (Iran), Mehdi Hawaii Sardehaii (USA), Judi Iranyi (USA), Shahrokh Jafari (USA), Morvarid K (France), Saeide Karimi (USA) and Siavash Yansori (USA), Atefeh Khas (Iran), Gelareh Kiazand (Turkey) and Kambiz Saffari (Iran), Wawrzyniec Kolbusz (Poland), Samira Kouhi (Iran), Shaghayegh Mazloom (Iran), Ali Mohammadi (Iran), Siamak Nasiri Ziba (USA), Grace Oh (USA), Omid Omidvari (Iran), Sepideh Salehi (USA), Jalal Shamsazaran (Iran), Sheida Soleimani (USA), Fazilat Soukhakian (USA), Ramin Talaie (USA), Marjan Vayghan (USA)

An opening reception for Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video will take place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Saturday, January 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The reception is open to CAFAM members for free and to the public for a $12 admission fee. CAFAM members will be able to preview the exhibition on Saturday, January 24 starting at 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Farhang Foundation at the Craft & Folk Art Museum. Special thanks to Presenting Donor Farhad Mohit; Lead Donors Mark Amin, Haleh Emrani, and Ali C. & Anousheh Razi; Major Donors Hormoz & Fariba Ameri, Printup Press and Graphics, Roshi Rahnama, and Michael & Katy Saei.

CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition, including CraftLab family workshops on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. Catalogues will be available for purchase in the CAFAM Shop and online at

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