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Document: Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles

A photo exhibition documenting LA's vibrant Iranian-American community,
from June 6th until August 22nd at the Fowler Museum at UCLA
Co-Sponsored by Farhang Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 4, 2010 -Farhang Foundation proudly announces its co-sponsorship of the new photographic exhibition, Document: Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles, featuring the images of Iranian-Americans living in Los Angeles, scheduled to open this Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Over the course of four months (from October 2009 through January 2010) four documentary photographers - Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie - captured their subjects: second-generation Iranian-Americans against the backdrop of Los Angeles, a city home to the largest Iranian population outside of Iran.

The exhibition will feature a variety of images documenting the lives of typical Los Angeles-based Iranian-Americans, as well as a few images of more well-known faces, such as Reza Aslan, the acclaimed writer and scholar, and comedian Maz Jobrani. It will also delve into the documentation process, and in particular, how it relates to the photographers' own Iranian-American identities.

"In cultivating this collaborative project, I wanted to examine documentation as a representational process by offering four Iranian-American photographers' perspectives on who we are, stressing the importance of including multiple voices in documenting our own Los Angeles communities," says guest curator Amy Malek.

The related programs on opening day promise to entertain and enlighten with a panel of scholars discussing various issues pertaining to visual anthropology, the Iranian-American diaspora, and ethnicity in Los Angeles. The programs continue with a look at the process involved in making this photographic documentary, as well as a roundtable with the documentary photographers themselves. The day concludes with a reception and a gallery tour with Malek. For more details, please visit

Document: Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles has been organized by Amy Malek, UCLA Anthropology PhD candidate, with Susan Slyomovics, faculty advisor, under the auspices of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA and through generous funding from the UCLA Council on Research (COR), UCLA Center for Community Partnerships (CCP), the Farhang Foundation, and CNES.

Farhang Foundation, dedicated to its mission of celebrating and promoting Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large, is thrilled to co-sponsor this exhibition that is sure to delight and inform viewers as it captures the spirited and colorful lives of Iranian-Americans, who like so many other ethnic groups call Los Angeles home.

About Farhad Parsa
Farhad Parsa received a BFA in Photography and Film Production from the California College of Art in 2000. In 2007 he released his first photography book, Cue the Strings, filled with ten years of photographs exploring the people and events that shaped his life. Also in 2007, he began1234 NYC, a ten-year project focusing on forty New Yorkers, including students, small business owners, and workers in creative industries.
About Arash Saedinia
Arash Saedinia was born in Esfahan and raised in Los Angeles. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's degree in English at California State University, Northridge, and a law degree from Harvard University. He is an artist and educator.
About Parisa Taghizadeh
Parisa Taghizadeh is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. She grew up in London where she completed a BA Hons degree in Fine Art and went on to work in film and television. She has worked as a photographer for arts organizations such as Artangel and the Serpentine Gallery, as well as on numerous films and documentaries including Michael Winterbottom's, In this World. Taghizadeh's work deals with personal and cultural identity, such as in Make-Up, Iran, a long-term project dealing with women living in Iran and their relationship to make-up and its rituals. She is also working on Mother, a series of portraits of mothers without their children.
About Ramin Talaie
Ramin Talaie is a documentary photojournalist whose work ranges from everyday portraiture in the streets of New York to AIDS-infected and chemical-dependant prisoners in a dilapidated treatment facility in Tehran. Talaie has covered various presidential campaigns including the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama and the 2009 contested elections in Iran, which precipitated deadly protests and demonstrations. He is the founding editor of Document Iran Images, a news and stock photo agency based in New York City.

About The Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is one of the country's most respected institutions devoted to exploring the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $10 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call 310.825.4361 or visit  

About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate the art and culture of Iranian-Americans in its widest extent. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture.

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