Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for «Art in Context: Iran», a 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».
This discussion will be held in conjunction with «Urban Mapping», an exhibition of photography and video art currently on view at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space. Curated by Gohar Dashti, «Urban Mapping» examines the concept of «public space» from the perspective of ten contemporary Iranian artists. The collective experience of Iranian citizens 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.
The «Art in Context» series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the artistic, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. «Art in Context» showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.
Image: Saba Alizadeh, «Light and Soil», 2011. Courtesy of the artist.