Iranian-American art in Oakland, California
June 18, 2005
Ghazaleh Hedayat, painting
her piece “Na sharghi, Na gharbi” (Neither East nor
West) for rePresent, an exhibition of CrossConnections residency
project at CCA Center
for Art and Public Life, at Oliver
Art Center in Oakland, California
from June 4-19, 2005. Closing event: Sunday June 19, from 4-7pm,
with readings and performances by the participants of the project
well as special guests Robert Karimi and Sote
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Most photographs by Shadi Yousefian.
Others by Minette Magahas, Taraneh Hemami & Ardalan Payvar
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CCA Center for Art and Public Life is proud to present
a collective art project by visiting artist Taraneh Hemami with visiting scholar
Participating artists and writers:
Azin Arefi, Naseem Badiey, Ali Dadgar, Ala Ebtekar, Mahru Elahi, Iranshid Ghadimi,
Haleh Hatami, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Afshean Hessam, Mokhtar Paki, Fariba Safai,
Farnoosh Seifoddini, Roham Sheikhani, Nazanin H. Shenasa, Bijan Yashar,
Termeh Yeghiazarian, Shadi Yousefian.
Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA
Closing Reception: Sunday June 19, 4-7 pm
with readings and performances by the participating writers and special guests
Robert Karimi and Sote.
CrossConnections is a yearlong residency project
at the CCA Center for Art and Public Life with visiting artist
Taraneh Hemami and visiting scholar Persis Karim. The project engages
Iranian and Iranian-American artists and writers in an intergenerational,
creative dialogue about issues of cultural identity, preservation,
and representation in a transcultural and transnational context.
CrossConnections also explores the diverse local and global influences
that unite or divide cultures and examines the contemporary realities
of Iranian-Americans in the wake of 9/11.
Reflecting on their past and present experiences,
participating Iranian and Iranian-American artists offer a portrait
of the Iranian experience in the United States through personal,
collective, and collaborative projects in the visual, literary,
and performing arts. The exhibition rePresent is the second public
presentation of this group. It follows of past and present, held
on May 1, 2005, at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.
CrossConnections will continue to offer public presentations involving
artists and writers in experimental collaboration throughout the
2005–06 academic year.
rePresent brings together several elements that
focus on time, place, and history. The Wall of History, a historical
timeline comprising important social and political events, is the
conceptual anchor of the installation, utilizing movements and
moments as the basis for personal memory and artistic response.
Audience members are invited to participate by adding personal
memories, media clips, and objects to the evolving collective portrait
of time and place. The installation is complemented by a layer
of personal stories of the Bay Area Iranian community through a
new presentation of Hall of Reflections, a collective art project
created by Taraneh Hemami. Hall of Reflections presents images
and remembrances of the Bay Area Iranian-American community through
family photographs and text documenting and memorializing the journey
of Iranians to this country.
Turning to the present time, 14 Days is a collaborative
work-in-progress installation in which CrossConnections participants
respond to local Bay Area news as well as news from the Iranian
media each day of the exhibition. The artists explore “translations” of
the cultural and political while looking at self and community.
The completed installation will be featured at the closing reception
on June 19, with readings and performances by the participating
writers and special guests Robert Karimi and Sote.
The Center for Art and Public Life is an integral
part of California College of the Arts, dedicated to creating community
partnerships that serve the college and the diverse populations
of the Bay Area. The “CrossConnections” project is
made possible by generous support from the Christensen Fund.