SearchCraft and Folk Art Museum hosts look at Iranian art culture and heritage

Craft and Folk Art Museum hosts look at Iranian art culture and heritage...
dailynews.com 27/01/2017 Culture

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Iranian photographer Omid Sariri Ajili’s “Love” is one of the works featured in the “Focus Iran 2” exhibition. Courtesy of the photographer

* * * By Sandra Barrera, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/26/17, 6:20 PM PST
The Craft and Folk Art Museum is about to open an exhibition with an eye on Iranian culture and heritage.
“Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video,” which opens Sunday and continues through May 7, is its second biennial collaboration with the Farhang Foundation.
“The word ‘farhang’ means ‘culture’ in Persian,” says Alireza Ardekani, executive director of the nonprofit that partners with cultural museums and academic institutions across Southern California. “We want to share with the community at large all the positive things about our culture, such as our thousands of years of history and art, because it’s not explored in mainstream media.”
Visitors can get a sneak peek tonight at a $150 per person preview and cocktail reception, which features a performance by the virtuosic guitar duo Strunz and Farah from 7-10 p.m.
The show includes 33 photographs and nine videos by emerging and midcareer artists from around the world.
Among the works is Sanaz Khosravi’s “False Roots,” a digital photograph featuring three takes of the same woman lying on her back in different poses with her dark wavy hair rising above her head like a smokestack.
Her neck and shoulders are bare, and she’s armed in each pose with a different weapon.
In two of the images, the woman’s hair has been cut.
“This is a statement about women’s freedom,” Ardekani says. “What’s interesting is that a lot of images in the exhibition explore this aspect of Iranian culture in some way.”
Amir Amiri’s “Iranian Carpet,” meanwhile, captures a pair of vegetable dye-stained fingers poking through the white strands of a colorful rug in the process of being woven.
“Persian carpets are the most famous thing to come out of Iran, and it’s a very meticulous job that this photo perfectly captures,” says Ardekani, explaining a single carpet can take several months to complete.
In Omid Sariri Ajili’s “Love,” the portrait of an affectionate older couple against a vibrant blue background needs no explanation at all.
“You can see through these works of art that Iranian people have the same struggles and ambitions, the same needs and wants as anyone,” Ardekani says. “I think the best way to fight prejudice, discrimination and misunderstanding of one culture or community is by learning more about them, and when you learn more about the Iranian culture you’ll realize we’re the same as you.”
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