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Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran and Roya Falahi's Headbang

Source: Farhang Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA - The W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, together with Farhang Foundation present Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran, and Headbang: Roya Falahi

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran features 58 works by 20 of Iran's most celebrated photographers. With an emphasis on the individual directions and concerns of the participating artists, this exhibition offers a view of contemporary Iran as filtered through the lense of artistic expression and individual sensibilities. Characterized by superb artistry, the works in Persian Visions form a rich selection of photographs and video installations that express the participating artists' personal perspectives on varied aspects of contemporary life. Interests and issues of both a public and private nature are addressed, resulting in a compelling exhibition that touches upon the many themes that impact us all: family, history, place, mortality, language, memory,...

Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota and toured by International Arts & Artists in Washington, D.C. This exhibition is supported in part by grants from the ILEX Foundation; the University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment; and the Department of Art and Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota.

Headbang, the first solo-show of Los Angeles based artist, Roya Falahi is an amalgamation of past and current photographs. Using the realism of large-format photography, Falahi captures surreal imagery - finely crafted portraits and narrative 'tableaux' - that explore disguise and veiling. With an emphasis on the head/upper body, the works in Headbang are resonant with visual and psychological impact, layering multiple references to create new and complex connotations. Informed by the current global-political context, Iranian-American culture, hard-rock music, and pop culture/fashion imagery, Falahi's work comprises a compelling investigation into contemporary issues surrounding identity and culture.

Headbang: Roya Falahi

Exhibition Dates: October 11, 2011 - December 3, 2011
Receptions: Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 5pm - 7pm
Public Reception Sponsored by Farhang Foundation: Sunday, October 23, 2011, 4pm - 7pm

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The W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery is located on the north-west end of the Bronco Student Center, across from the library, on the Cal Poly campus.

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About the Artists

Roya Falahi
Born in Washington D.C. in 1980, Roya Falahi received her BA in Studio Art from UC Irvine in 2002, and her MFA in photography from UCLA in 2006. Her work has been shown in several galleries including Taylor De Cordoba (Los Angeles), Luckman Gallery at CSULA (Los Angeles), Guild Gallery (New York), Fette's Gallery (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles), The Gallery at CSULB (Long Beach), and RAID Projects (Los Angeles). Falahi's work has been featured in the book, Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Beautiful Decay magazine, as well as written about in the Los Angeles Times. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Kaveh Golestan
Born in 1950 in Abadan in southwest Iran, Kaveh Golestan was an internationally renowned photojournalist. The BBC cameraman became a tragic causality of the Iraq War on April 2, 2003. He was killed instantly after stepping out of his car on to a land mine while on assignment for the BBC investigating an abandoned Iraqi fort near Kifri in northern Iraq.

Ahmad Nateghi
Born in Tehran, Iran in 1958, Ahmad Nateghi began working as a photographer in the 1970s and documented the demonstrations and events of the Islamic Revolution. His photographs during the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq War gained him widespread recognition as a war photographer, and he won international honors for his work on the chemical bombing of Halabja by Iraq.

Mohammed Farnood
Farnood was born in 1957 in Semnan, Iran and has worked as a photographer for Sipa Press, an international press and photographic agency, since 1984. His work has been published in more than sixty books and publications in Iran and abroad, and he currently teaches photojournalism.

Saeed Sadeghi
Born in Tabriz, Iran in 1955, in addition to being a photographer, Saeed Sadeghi has had a successful career as a cameraman and cinematographer for a number of films. Most recently, he served on the committee for the Tehran Photo Biennial in 2004.

Shokoufeh Alidousti
One of two women artists in the exhibition, Shokoufeh Alidousti was born in 1976 in Shahre Kord, Iran, and received her MA degree in photography from the Art University in Tehran. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums in Tehran, Strasbourg and Paris.

Ebrahim Khadem Bayat
Born in 1965 inTehran, Iran Ebrahim Khadem Bayat studied photography at the Art University in Tehran and went on to work as a photojournalist. One of his works was nominated best new photograph by Life magazine in 1989. Currently, Khadem Bayat teaches photography at the Art University and the Azad Islamic University in Tehran.

Koroush Adim
Born in Babol, Iran in 1971, Koroush Adim began his career writing and collaborating on several books in the early 1980s when still quite young. He went on to receive a degree in biology and in 1992 began working as a photographer. Adim's work has been widely published and exhibited, featuring in more than fifty-five exhibitions in Iran and throughout Europe.

Shahrokh Ja'fari
Shahrokh Ja'fari received both BA and MA degrees in photography from the Art University in Tehran. He has had several solo and group exhibitions over the past ten years, and currently teaches at the Art University and Azad University in Tehran. He was born in 1969.

Sadegh Tirafkan
Sadegh Tirafkan was born in Iraq in 1964 to Iranian parents and moved to Iran with his family in 1970. He received a BA in photography from the University of Tehran in 1989. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including venues in Iran, Texas, New York, Paris, Canada, Croatia, and Brussels. Currently, he divides his time between living and working in Toronto and Tehran.

Majid Koorang Beheshti
Both a painter and a photographer, Majid Koorang Beheshti was born in 1967 in Isfahan, Iran and currently lives there. He received a bachelor's degree in painting from Azad University in Tehran, and has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in Iran.

Arman Stepanian
Arman Stepanian was born in 1956 in the city of Abadan in Iran and holds a degree in graphic art from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. He has received numerous awards for his work and has been represented in many exhibitions worldwide, including shows in Paris and Cyprus.

Farshid Mesghali
Farshid Mesghali was born in 1943 in Isfahan, Iran and received a degree in painting from Tehran University in 1971. He has worked as a children's book illustrator, a designer and director of several award-winning animation films, in addition to being a painter, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He has received numerous awards and recognition from cultural organizations in Italy and Czechoslovakia for his work and has exhibited in Tehran, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Los Angeles. He lived and worked in Paris for several years, then in the United States for eleven years, and currently lives in Tehran where he owns a studio.

Bahman Jalali
Born in 1944, Bahman Jalali is revered by the younger generation of emerging Iranian photographers as one of the first to have launched photography as an art form in Iran and to have made it accessible and understood as such to the general public. In 1997 he was one of the founding members of the Akskhaneh Shahr, the country's first museum of photography, where he later became a curator.

Image of Imagination 2 - Bahman Jalali 2003
Image of Imagination 2 - Bahman Jalali 2003

Jalali is a self-taught photographer who studied economics as a college student. His work has appeared in had many solo and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad, including London, Paris, Berlin, Spain, Dubai, Brussels, and the United States, and is included in museum collections in France and Britain. The author of several books on photography as well as theoretical works in his field, he has taught photography at a number of universities in Iran for more than 25 years.

Esmail Abbasi
Born in Tabriz, Iran in 1948, Esmail Abbasi has worked as a photographer since 1970. He graduated from Tehran University with degrees from the Faculty of Letters and Humanities (1969) and the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (1976). Since 1988 he has taught university and served as the editor of a number of Persian magazines.

Leila Pazooki
One of two female artists in the exhibition, Leila Pazooki was born in Tehran in 1977. She has worked as the art director and designer of Click, a full-service commercial photography studio located in Tehran, and has exhibited her work both in Iran and internationally, including in Australia and Paris.

Mehran Mohajer
Born in 1964 and currently living in Tehran, Mohajer completed a degree in photography in 1990 before going on to receive a masters degree in linguistics from the University of Tehran. His award-winning work has been exhibited in London, Berlin, and Paris, as well as Iran. He currently teaches photography at the University of Tehran and Azad University, also in Tehran.

Farshid Azarang
Born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran, Azarang collaborated with fellow Iranian photographer Shariar Tavakoli on several exhibitions in the mid-1990s, namely at the Haft Samar Gallery and the Sarv Gallery both in Tehran. More recently his work has been exhibited at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, including in the NewArt Exhibition in 2002, and the Ninth Tehran Photography Biennial in 2004.

Seifollah Samadian
Samadian was born in Orumieh, Iran in 1954 and currently lives in Tehran. He is a director, cinematographer, and filmmaker best known for his work as cinematographer and director of photography for the 2002 documentary film ABC Africa. He has exhibited his video work and photography in Iran and abroad, including Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Ontario, France, Istanbul, and Greece.

Yahya Dehghanpoor
Deghanpoor was born in Tehran in 1940 and graduated from Tehran University with a degree in Persian Literature. He has studied photography at London University, at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has taught at the Art University in Tehran, Alzahra University, Azad University, and the School of Television and Cinema in Iran.

Shahriar Tavakoli
Tavakoli was born in Tehran, Iran in 1969 and received his BA and MA in photography from the Art University in Tehran. He has had several solo and group exhibitions of his work in Iran and in the United States. He worked as the publisher and editor in chief of Iran's Art Quarterly Magazine, in addition to teaching at the Art University and Azad University in Tehran.


About Kellogg University Gallery
The W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery presents visual art exhibitions of significance to three specific communities: The Cal Poly Pomona University campus community, the local communities surrounding Pomona and t The greater Los Angeles area art communities. The purpose of our program is to bring to the campus and to the community carefully developed art exhibits that instruct, inspire, and challenge the viewer. Most of the gallery's exhibitions focus on the evolving issues of contemporary art as practiced in Southern California. Special exhibitions bring attention to important national artists and issues of art historical/critical interest spanning ideological and cultural boundaries. Like any good gallery, the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg Art Gallery has presented both objects of stunning visual beauty, and work that has challenged notions of what art is. For more info visit:

About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large. 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. For more info visit: www.fa

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