Feminine reality

Photo essay: Negin Vaziri in San Francisco's Canessa Gallery

by kfravon
Negin Vaziri is a photographer and set designer who was born in Iran. She studied cinema and theatre at the University of Tehran. In 1999, she immigrated to Venice, Italy, where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts and studied photography and set design. She has previously held various solo art exhibits and is the recipient of several international awards. In the last ten years, Negin’s path has followed a red thread: research on feminine reality in an artistic and social field. Her latest work is being featured in San Francisco at Canessa Gallery (through Sunday May 16th).

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by Mike. on

Most artists do struggle financially. If she keeps at it she will eventually see this as a thing of the past. I am sure she has more money now than she ever dreamed of but by today's standards she is still poor.

All the bells and whistles of a real casino can be found at this and the casino games offer the greatest payouts around.


hamsade ghadimi

keep pluggin away kambiz

by hamsade ghadimi on

keep pluggin away kambiz jan, you'll get there.  if you're good, the fame and funding will follow.  i look forward to your contributions.

It is a well-known fact that we see the faults in other's works more readily than we do in our own.” -- Pablo Picasso


I was not sure what Negin

by kombizz on

I was not sure what Negin tried to tell her viewers. At least I was confused.

The only matter that made me uneasy was the waste of materials in showing her work. I wonder who paid for all of these resources? Was she sponsored by a private person/or organization/ or were all paid from her own pocket.

I wish I had a fraction of Negin's budget, then I could show all of my photography materials over thousand to the public. - I guess the LIFE is not fair!


Chauvinistic Circuitry Jolts

by Amir Normandi on

This exhibit is a multi dimensional re-exploration of a complex matter.

Negin Vaziri succeeded in causing jolts in some chauvinistic circuits.

Nice work 

Amir Normandi


The Iranian Woman

by Peykan on

To a naive outsider observer, the Iranian society is complex, unpredictable and full of contrasts. The Iranian woman is doubly enigmatic and this artist is successful in depicting this complexity.


There is a reason why some works of Art are not seen online

by ramintork on

Negin Vaziri's work seem to be about going through an experience in order to convey her message so for instance if you walk on crushed stones it awakens a sense of hardship which as the audience she wants you to take away at a deeper level. There is an element of performance in this kind of art where the audience engages in the Art form. This is more sensorial, participatory works. This kind of work can in fact be very powerful but it is not really something you can appreciate online. The body impressions produced wonderful prints. The idea of using the human body as paint brush is not new I recall Yves Kleine made this very popular but when it is put in juxtaposition with the rigid idea of being forced to wear Hijab then it finds a new meaning.


I can't see

by Marjaneh on

I can't see the work and the show, because the photos that I did open were nearly all blurred. So I gave up.

Most people would rather die than think: in fact, they do so. – Bertrand Russell

Nazy Kaviani

The medium is theater

by Nazy Kaviani on

I went to see Negin Vaziri's installations in San Francisco last weekend. Her art is impressive and very effective--by the time you leave, you have heard her message loud and clear. The installations have visual pieces, theater set elements, actors, and background sound as their components.

Her installation "Crushing Stones" looks at stoning of women. I felt the vulnerability and finality which the artist had tried to convey. The installation called "Eternity Woman," pictures of which you see with the two women, one naked and the other in hejab, was very engaging. The naked woman who receives "colors" is the embodiment of the balck-clad woman's dreams for herself, for life. The total effect is remarkable. The third installation, "Veil is Obligatory," had several contradicting elements such as place and time and images which were meaningful to me. All viewers were asked to wear hejab before entering this installation; the reactions were very interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition. Chatting with Negin afterward, she told me that she had studied theater (drama) in Tehran before moving to Venice. It made perfectly good sense then to see how the converging point of her art has become the theater, the play.

I am grateful to Negin and other young Iranian artists who devotedly tour and take their art around to show it to Iranian and non-Iranian audiences with the aim to increase awareness about Iran and Iranian women. I wish Negin good luck in her future endeavors and hope to see her work in the Bay Area again.


Very dramatic

by Abarmard on

Nice show.

Poetry is art. At some point all art forms could cross one another

hamsade ghadimi


by hamsade ghadimi on

is this an art show or poetry session?


"poor" art student needing money. That's it, she's rich now!

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.


I am wondering...

by Midwesty on

If the human subject that the "ARTIST" abused is a paid model or a poor art student needing money?

Why didn't the "Artist" use herself to create her own art work?

But to her credit, aside from degrading human usage as a direct art instrument, I very much liked the idea of white gravels spread out in front of the displays.

I think the white gravels would have much better lasting impression on the visitors than a naked body of a young girl for the leering latte sipping skunks.