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ART: Taraneh Hemami's Spring Projects

ART: Taraneh Hemami's Spring Projects


Iranian-American artist Taraneh Hemami is participating in three events this spring: An exhibition opening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a Residency and show at the Lab, and a show she was co-curator of  at SomArts as well as several other shows and panel discussions related to these works. If you are in or around the Bay Area, please pay a visit and enjoy her work!




The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics

Curated by: Berin Golonu

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF

First Floor Galleries

Mar 29 Jun 29, 2008


Organized by YBCA, this exhibition showcases the politically charged work of a new generation of women who use creativity as a form of empowerment and a means for making social change. Emphasizing performativity, collaboration and coalition building, the artworks spotlight the daring of women who unapologetically assert themselves, and project their identities out into the world to address a range of issues from the personal to the global. While the works are influenced by the feminist ideologies and activist movements of the past, including the anti-war, pro-choice and environmental movements of the 60s and 70s; the gendered, multi-cultural identity politics of the 80s; and the rebellious Riot Grrrl punk music movement of the 90s; they also speak loudly and clearly to the issues facing women right now. Adhering to the notion that there is strength in numbers, The Way That We Rhyme culls together work from women of differing backgrounds and disciplines to highlight the common goals of their practices.


Artists include: Lisa Anne Auerbach, Andrea Bowers, Nao Bustamante, Tammy Rae Carland, Vaginal Davis, Eve Fowler with Math Bass, Deborah Grant, MK Guth, Taraneh Hemami, Miranda July and Shauna McGarry, LTTR, Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy, Aleksandra Mir, Laurel Nakadate, Shinique Smith, subRosa, SWOON and Tennessee Jane Watson, The Counterfeit Crochet Project organized by Stephanie Syjuco, The Toxic Titties, Jessica Tully, and RiotGrrl zines from the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland.


Artist in Residency

The Lab

Theory of Survival


Taraneh Hemami

with: Ala Ebtekar, Ali Dadgar, Termeh Yeghiazarian, Shadi Yousefian and Darvag Theater Group

Closing event: Friday April 18th, 6-9


Theory of Survival is a residency at the LAB with Taraneh Hemami that invites a cross generation of Iranian and Iranian-American artists to engage with an archive of posters, publications, and documents belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California, active from 1960-1984. During the residency the project turns the gallery space into an evolving laboratory for exchange and collaboration, exploring the unique collection that reflects local history of Iranian immigrants in these politically critical years. The archive which includes numerous publications, theoretical discourse, original essays, translations, as well as newspapers and documents will be processed for partial contribution to the Library of Congress and the library at Stanford University at the end of the residency.


Theory of Survival is a continuation of Hemami's Cross Connections project that engages the Iranian and Iranian-American diaspora community in an intergenerational, creative dialogue exploring issues of cultural identity, preservation, and representation.

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Co-curated by Taraneh Hemami and Anuradha Vikram

May 1-24

SomArts Bay Gallery

Opening Night: Thursday May 1,


How can we understand a region as diverse and far-ranging as the Middle East? Curators Taraneh Hemami and Anuradha Vikram pose this question to a selection of Bay Area artists with roots in the region and beyond, working in all visual arts media. Topics of particular concern include how to represent religious, ethnic and cultural diversity within an area of the world too often homogenized in discussions of current events; the roles and status of women and queer or transgendered persons within traditional cultures; and the changes to self-identification that immigration engenders.


Participating Artists: Taha Belal, Youmna Chlala, Ali Dadgar, Dina Danish, Osama Dawood, Ala Ebtekar, Amir Esfehani, Mitra Fabian, Hiba Kalachi, Bessma Khalaf, Taraneh Hemami, Nazanin Shenasa, Hadi Tabatabai, Taravat Talepasand, Nomi Talisman, Shadi Yousefian.


Location of Identity

Wednesday May 14, 7-9

Moderated by Berin Golonu

In Conjunction with the After the Revolution exhibition*

For info: (415) 864-4126 or

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