Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

Made in Iran, Born in America

Taravat Talepasand. Iran, Iran, Iran, Iran (detail); 2017. Metal, rope, denim, pigment, hand match patches, assorted pins, iPhone 7 plus. Collaboration with Laura Rokas.

Today, from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you Joobin Bekhrad’s interview with artist Taravat Talepasand, aka TVAT. They discuss Talepasand’s recent show at San Francisco’s Guerrero Gallery, Made in Iran, Born in America, the use of drugs in her work, and her love of Iran. The artist says, “Take your definition of ‘Orientalism’, which I find offensive, and see if you can create art that is as conceptually profound and technically[…..]

Odd Jobs: Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah. Moment of reflection. 2016; acrylic and collage on paper mounted to canvas; 48"x48". Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian Los Angeles.

Welcome to Odd Jobs, where I interview artists about their varied and untraditional career arcs. For this installment I spoke on the telephone with Amir H. Fallah, whose work examines the conceits of portraiture, making its tropes the objects of manipulation and obfuscation. Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, he received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in painting[…..]

This Is Not Iranian

Anahita Razmi. Middle East Coast West Coast, 2014 (video still); HD Video; 23:04.

From our friends at REORIENT, today we bring you Joobin Bekhrad’s conversation with artist Anahita Razmi. Bekhrad and Razmi discuss identity, underwear, and the Pakyan. Razmi states, “I like the idea than an identity is something that one constructs, something that is at all times flexible and changing.” This article was originally published January 3, 2017. What was I doing near Trafalgar Square? I don’t know.[…..]

Ghazel: Mea Culpa at Carbon 12

Today, from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you a review of Ghazel’s latest solo exhibition, Mea Culpa, on view at Carbon 12 in Dubai through May 9. Author Sayantan Mukhopadhyay says of the artist, “Her interventions—which start with materials and symbols inherently laden with meaning—speak about the itinerant lives in a manner that is refreshing when placed in conversation with the many other contemporaneous works[…..]

Shiny Happy People: Interview with Reem Al Faisal

Reem Al Faisal. Zaheera.

From our friends at REORIENT, today we bring you an interview with the Saudi photographer, gallery owner, journalist, and princess Reem Al Faisal. Author Joobin Bekhrad talks with Faisal about her most recent solo exhibition, Nass [People], color, and being a woman photographer in “a man’s world.” This piece was originally published on March 1, 2016. It’s early in the morning, and, amidst news of escalating tensions between Iran[…..]

Street Fighting Man

Nikoo Tarkhani.

Today from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you an excerpt from Joobin Bekhrad‘s interview with artist and curator Ali Ettehad, who says, “I strongly believe that at a time—especially in the Middle East—when art is, for the most part, commercially-driven, performance art is powerful in its ability to help artists retain their independence and integrity.” This article was originally published on June 2, 2015. Joobin[…..]

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World at Cantor Arts Center

Gohar Dashti. Untitled #5 from the series Today’s Life and War, 2008; pigment print. Courtesy of Cantor Arts Center, Palo Alto.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you a review of She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World. On view though May 4 at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, the exhibition showcases the work of twelve photographers from Iran and neighboring nations. Author John Zarobell notes that the works are “immensely poetic expressions of building a[…..]