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New Constellations: 1st Screening of Contemporary Iranian Video Art in LA at the IAAB Conference

Source: Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

New Constellations programmed by Amirali Ghasemi and Sanaz Mazinani, to be presented at The IAAB Conference, is the first screening of contemporary Iranian video art in Los Angeles of its kind. This program highlights works by artists of Iranian decent living outside of the country, and is culled from an ongoing archive of vibrant new wave video art collected and catalogued by Ghasemi of Parkingallery in Tehran since 2004.

This selection of shorts focuses on artists who work across the globe and contribute as cultural producers in a myriad of communities. New Constellations aims to sheds light on a generation who seeks to be seen, and utilizes the arts to negotiate their own place within the changing environment of their current country. These artists are constantly responding to and recontextualizing their experiences as they produce vivid works that negotiate”interculturality’ and the hybrid lives that they lead.

Amirali Ghasemi (b.1980, Iran) is a curator, media artist and a graphic designer. In 1998, Ghasemi founded Parkingallery, an independent project space in Tehran and in 2002 he set up, an online platform for young Iranian artists. As a curator he has been directing many exhibitions, workshops, and talks for Parkingallery projects, such as Deep Depression (2004-06), Sideways (2008). He has co-curated The Urban Jealousy, 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (2008-09) and three editions of Limited Access Festival for Video and Performance (2007-11), followed by his involvement in a variety of projects for institutions, project spaces and universities in Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, UK, Egypt, Turkey, United States, Brazil, Canada, France and India. IRAN&CO is his latest curatorial project, an ongoing exhibition and archive of Iranian art representation beyond its border.

Sanaz Mazinani is an artist, curator, and educator based in San Francisco and Toronto. She holds her undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art & Design University, and her MFA from Stanford University. Mazinani’s work explores the relationship between perception and representation. Working primarily in photography and large-scale photo-based installations, her practice intersects conceptual and formal boundaries of the photographic image in response to site, sight and insight, especially in relation to digital culture. Mazinani was the 2011 visual arts curator for the Iranian Canadian Centre for Art & Culture’s interdisciplinary arts triennial, Tirgan. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Carnegie Gallery, and Art & Architecture Library at Stanford University. In 2012, Mazinani’s catalogue Unfolding Images was released, and she was named a fellow at the Kala Art Institute.

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The IAAB Conference at UCLA October 13-14, 2012

About Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) - IAAB is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization with a young, dedicated staff spread across the United States, Europe and Iran.  The mission of the organization is to address issues of the Iranian diaspora community while raising awareness of the Iranian community, promoting leadership, and connecting Iranians across borders. For more information about IAAB, please visit

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