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Join IAAB and 21 Iranian artists from around the world to explore Iranian identity, tradition and stereotypes.


Multi-media exhibitions in DC, Tehran, & online Ellipse Arts Center · Arlington, VA (DC Metro Area)

Curators: Narges Bajoghli, Nikoo Paydar, Maryam Ovissi, and Leyla Pope



Amir Rad's "bird"







A Multi-media Visual Art Exhibition





WHEN:             FRIDAY, JUNE 22 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2007

                        The gallery will be closed the week of July 4th


WHERE:           ELLIPSE ARTS CENTER, 4350 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA 22203

Located 1 block west of the Ballston Metro.  $3 garage parking available during weekday hours.

Garage parking open late and FREE during Opening Reception & Panel discussion

Gallery Hours:  Wed.-Fri. (11am-7pm); Sat. (11am-2pm) Wheelchair access




COST:              FREE.  INFO:  703-228-7710.  TTY: 703-228-1855


International Array of Iranian Artists Explore Identity, Tradition and Stereotypes


            Arlington, Virginia - Artists of Iranian heritage from throughout the world were invited to submit works addressing issues of identity, tradition and stereotypes.  Iranian Alliances Across Borders Co-Founders Nikoo Paydar and Narges Bajoghli along with Maryam Ovissi and Leyla Pope curated this exhibition from over 150 submissions. TRANSFORM/NATION will take place at the ELLIPSE ARTS CENTER, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia, from FRIDAY, JUNE 22 through SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2007.  The Opening Reception is Thursday, June 21st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  The Power of a Cliché: A Panel Discussion will take place on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00pm and Enchanted Strings: Persian Classical Music Ensemble will play Thursday, July 12th at noon. Co-sponsored by the Ellipse Arts Center and Iranian Alliances Across Borders this exhibit is part of the ongoing Planet Arlington series.        


"Recess of a journey part one #3" by Afarin Rahmanifar


EVENTS:          OPENING RECEPTION:  Thursday, June 21st, 6-9pm


THE POWER OF A CLICHÉ: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, July 19th, 7-9pm


Panelists Include:  Maymanah Farhat, ArteEast Editor; Leyla Pope, TRANSFORM/NATION

Co-curator; Haleh Anvari, TRANSFORM/NATION Artist


ENCHANTED STRINGS:  Persian Classical Music Ensemble

Thursday, July 12th noon-1pm


ARTISTS:         Samira Abbassy, USA; Haleh Anvari, Iran; Kaya Behkalam, Germany;  Mina Ghaziani, Iran; Pantea Karimi, USA; Bani Khoshnoudi, France; Haleh Niazmand, US; Amir Rad, Iran; Afarin Rahmanifar, USA; Jairan Sadeghi, USA; Samineh Sarvghad, Iran; Farideh Shahsavarani, Iran; Samira Yamin, USA; Siamak Nasiri Ziba, Iran


Work of Haleh Anvari





Since the 1979 Revolution, Iranians have been in a state of perpetual transition and transformation. The dramatic end of the Shah's rule, the creation of the Islamic Republic, and the eight year Iran-Iraq war, have all contributed to the creation of one of the fastest growing diasporas in recent history. Nearly 30 years later, in an era dominated by the U.S.-led 'War on Terror,' contentious notions of the 'Axis of Evil,' and heightened global anxiety over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Iranians in Iran and those outside of its borders are finding themselves in the throes of individual, local, national and global tensions -- they are expressing their experiences and views in new and compelling ways.


Despite living in an environment where self-expression is limited and government censorship is often physically palpable, it is the young people of Iran who are pushing limits and transforming the cultural fabric of their society.  Concurrently, Iranians living outside Iran have been grappling with the reality of their dual (and often dueling) identities in their relatively newly-formed hyphenated communities, creating new meanings for diasporic identity and culture.


TRANSFORM/NATION offers the unique opportunity for these culturally related, but geographically separated, communities to interact with one another via simultaneous exhibits in Washington, D.C. and Tehran, Iran. Via photography, paintings, installations, and films by artists from Iran, Europe and the United States, TRANSFORM/NATION brings the individual experience to a global conversation about identity, nationalism, and Iran's place in the world. For more information about this exhibition and IAAB's sister exhibition in Tehran, please visit



TRANSFORM/NATION runs through Saturday, August 4, 2007.  Ellipse Arts Center is located at 4350 N. Fairfax Drive in Arlington at the corner of N. Fairfax Drive and Taylor Streets, one block west of the Ballston Metro stop on the orange line.  Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11:00am to 7:00pm, and Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm. The gallery will be closed the week of July 4th.  For more information, call the Ellipse at (703) 228-7710.




Established in 2003, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is a DC based non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to strengthen the Iranian diaspora community and empower its youth. IAAB does this through its exhibitions, international conferences, youth leadership camps and unique online resources that connect Iranians across various borders. For more information about IAAB:


Ellipse Arts Center is a 3,000 square foot visual art facility managed by managed by Arlington Cultural Affairs, Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. The Ellipse will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities upon request (2 weeks prior to the start of the program).  The Ellipse Arts Center is accessible to people in wheelchairs.  Free garage parking is available during the opening reception.


Planet Arlington is a program of Arlington County designed to explore issues of immigration, globalization and the environment through the lens of the arts and humanities.



PRESS CONTACTS:             

Jim Byers - 703-228-1847


Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Ellipse Arts Center
- 703-228-7710


Nikoo Paydar

Iranian Alliances Across Borders - 901-240-0255



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