16 February - 11 March at New Hall College,
Thirty Years of Solitude is an exhibition of photographs by Iranian women and a small selection of films by Iranian women-Directors. Sixty photographs by thirty artists, some of whom are internationally renowned and seven short films and long-features by the most prominent Directors, attempt to reveal the feelings of anxiety, isolation and the sense of loss that the Iranian society at large and women artists, in particular have been experiencing in the last thirty years, living in
is a particularly political art form, and in a country where the political is so
mingled with the religious, it has acquired a quasi-ontological dimension. For
instance the 8-year war with
The duality Image/Reality, also omnipresent in Persian philosophy, now finds a fertile ground for expression in photography: every image has many layers of different meanings, as in Mehraneh Atashi's self-portraits where she is standing bare-footed on photos of her childhood.
But the most interesting aspect of photography by Iranian women is the sense of humor with which the artists tackle the main problems they face in life, here and now: Islamic paternalism, loss of identity, isolation from the rest of the world, war...
Saturday 17 February to Sunday 11 March in the Long Room, New
Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission free.
16-17 February and 23-24 February in Buckingham House Lecture Theatre. All welcome; admission free on first come basis. No advance bookings. Details email@example.com
Friday 16 February at 8.15 p.m.:
introduced by Goli Taraghi House is Black (directed by Forough Farrrokhzad) and Old Man of Hara introduced by director Mahvash Sheikholeslami
Saturday 17 February at 2.30 p.m.:
Bou Bou in Tehran (directed by Maryam Mehrjui) and Juste une Femme (directed by Mitra Farahani)
and at 7.30 p.m.:The Day I Became a Woman (directed by Marzieh Meshkini)
Friday 23 February at 8.15 p.m.:
introduced by director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Guilaneh
Saturday 24 February at 3.00 p.m.:
Friday Afternoon introduced by director Mona Zandi-Haghighi
and at 7.30 p.m.:introduced by director Niki Karimi A Few Days Later
The College is grateful for the support of Cambridge City Council, the Soudavar Fund of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, and the British Embassy, Tehran
See also CRASSH Film Seminar on 24 February
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