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09/06/10

Pearls on the Ocean Floor: A documentary about Iranian female artists


Pearls on the Ocean Floor is a new documentary by Robert Adanto, examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. Pearls on the Ocean Floor challenges the media stereotypes and caricatures obscuring the vibrant and robust culture in Iran and its diaspora. Facing issues of identity, gender, and social restrictions, the artists featured in Pearls on the Ocean Floor speak with a compelling quiet reserve and a striking boldness.  Their works reveals encounters between religion and secular modernity, change and tradition, contemporary life and history. These brave women know now more than ever that their voices must be heard and their people understood. Through their words and their art, the real Iran will be discovered and this important historical moment has been documented.



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Synopsys: The ubiquitous images of security forces cracking down on demonstrators in Iran garnered global media attention throughout the last twelve months. Last June all eyes were on the Islamic Republic of Iran as its citizens took to the streets to protest the results of a disputed election. Thirty years after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, a proud nation once again stood at a crossroads. The Green movement, built of a courageous populace seeking justice from an entrenched and imploding regime, continues to seek change in Iran, despite shockingly brutal government forces.

There is no better time than the present to examine this fascinating nation and no better approach than through the visual imagery of female artists. It is women who have collectively bore the brunt of an oppressive regime and the bias of a western media that has repeatedly constructed one-dimensional images portraying them as humorless, repressed, second-class citizens in black chadors.

Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor challenges this stereotype and caricature obscuring the vibrant and robust culture in Iran and its diaspora. Professor Hamid Dabashi recently wrote, "a much more patient reading of the visual and performing arts of this generation is needed before we know what in the world it is doing." Indeed, as the younger generation invents a new identity for the 21st century, replacing the religious ideology and revolutionary fervor of the state's credo, contradictions abound. Photographer Shadi Ghadirian explains that her work "touches upon our struggle to hold on to our parents' and grandparents' traditional values and practices while experiencing the benefits of modernity without getting caught up in its vices... Change is an inevitable process," she says.

Facing issues of identity, gender, and social restrictions, the artists featured in Pearls on the Ocean Floor speak with a compelling quiet reserve and a striking boldness. Their work reveals encounters between religion and secular modernity, change and tradition, contemporary life and history. These brave women know now more than ever that their voices must be heard and their people understood. Through their words and their art, the real Iran will be discovered and this important historical moment has been documented.

The Artists

Negar Ahkami - Gohar Dashti - Parastou Forouhar - Shadi Ghadirian - Maryam Homayoun-Eisler - Afsoon - Malekeh Naniny - Bahar Sabzevari - Shadi Yousefian -Shirin Neshat - Haleh Anvari - Leila Pazooki - Afshan Ketabchi - Sara Rahbar - Pooneh Maghazehe - Mona Hakimi-Schueler - Taravat Talepasand
 

 
Shadi Yousefian

 
Gohar Dashti

SCREENINGS

6/13 | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
7/22 | LACMA
9/22 | Bennett Media Studio, NYC
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9/23 | Bennett Media Studio, NYC
9/24 | Bennett Media Studio, NYC
10/8 | San Francisco Art Institute
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12/16 | California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art
 

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