A Woman in Shadow:
A Devotee of Art and Culture
By Dr.Omid Rouhani
On the threshold of the tenth anniversary of Tavoos Art Magazine, the editorial board and colleagues of Tavoos and Iranian Art Publishing like to use the opportunity to introduce the publisher, manager and editor-in- chief of this site after her ten years of relentless activity and venerate her perseverance in maintaining her valuable service. Manijeh Mir-Emadi (Nasseri) began her activity as an art-publisher in 1990s presenting a series of bilingual exquisite art books on the life of influential Iranian visual artists together with evaluation and critical analysis of their works. This was indeed a significant event both with respect to book publication and also visual arts. The appearance of the bilingual Tavoos Art Quarterly in 1999 was another significant effective incident in introducing visual arts in Iran and the world and all this was the result of her efforts and perseverance, while sacrificing one important aspect of her personality, that is painting and her position as a painter-artist.
Manijeh Mir-Emadi's Tavoos
Writer & Translator: Roya Monajem
Those who crave for Tavoos (peacock)
Should take the trouble to go to India*
Perhaps the meaning of the above verse was Manijeh Mir-Emadi's unconscious reason for choosing the name Tavoos for what appears to be her main canvas of painting for the past decade or so and hopefully years to come.
A tremendous amount of work, patience, tolerance, confrontation was required to keep painting this canvas, Tavoos Art Quarterly (a mini art encyclopedia), particularly when taking the time-space in a war-ridden country, still lashed by the original waves of revolution into consideration.
Peacock (Tavoos) as the only living bird shining with all the colors of the light-spectrum, is like a permanent museum of color exhibition and thus can be the most fascinating bird for a painter too. For many of us Iranians, it may also associate Simorq, the legendary bird who is born out of its own ashes.
So when Tavoos Art Quarterly had to turn to its own ashes, chiefly as the result of outside circumstances, Tavoos website came to birth out of those ashes, on the same canvas. Birds also symbolize our high aspirations, longing for liberation and freedom from mundane, profane, and how else could Mir-Emadi as a professional artist stay patient, tolerant, passionate, enthusiastic, if not by continuing to paint her canvas, hoping for liberation to come! What went through her mind when painting her collection "Desert-inhabitants"... ( read more)
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