Taraneh Hemami of San Francisco and Ghazaleh Hedayat of Tehran teamed up to curate One Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran, describing life in the city through the eyes of its artists. The show acknowledges the ephemeral quality of a place that has been exciting and volatile through the years. Aside from Hemami, who was born in Tehran and came to the United States in 1978 to attend college, the participating artists reside in Tehran. Using photography and mixed media, they present work that responds to daily life in Iran, illustrating culture in a city of almost eight million people filled with variables and contradictions. Viewers may recall Hemami from her beautiful Transcendence installation at YBCA this spring, which was a response to war and strife in the Middle East. Three prayer rugs, pointing east, were constructed of shattered glass and ashes. The paradisiacal tree of life was detailed on the rugs in blue, orange, and clear glass. Her sharp, aesthetically gorgeous social commentaries are well complemented by the work of her colleagues, and further illuminate life in a country so physically distant but constantly present in our news.
An opening reception starts at 7 p.m.
Nov. 4-Jan. 23, 2009