Opening reception: Friday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 PM
This spring marks forty years since the Iranian revolution disrupted a nation and laid the groundwork for global conflicts in the following decades. It resulted in millions of lives being displaced and dislocated, and initiated a shift in the politics of the region that deepened a complicated and precarious rift between conflicting ideologies, resulting in an ongoing exile for Iranians in diaspora across the world.
The SFAC Galleries is pleased to present Part and Parcel, guest curated by renowned local artist, curator and educator Taraneh Hemami. As a member of the Iranian diaspora, Hemami was interested in fostering an exhibition that would take a look at geographies of belonging. What does it mean to belong? How do specific places affect our ability to be included or excluded from belonging? And how does one negotiate identity in a new space when dislocated from self-defining cultural, political, geographical, or social aspects from another? What role do desires to fit in and/or resist assimilation have in belonging?
The four featured artists, Tannaz Farsi, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sahar Khoury, and Minoosh Zomorodinia examine crossings and becomings, systems and processes, nature and language, time and histories, and remnants of the everyday, in their multidisciplinary projects.
Gelare Khoshgozaran, an interdisciplinary artist, and writer, was born and raised in Tehran and currently lives in Los Angeles. In her work, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee” and the more dated meaning of the word, “an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.” Part and Parcel hosts a new installation by Khoshgozaran that harkens back to a previous project featuring internally-illuminated packages sent back and forth from California to Iran.
In Bay Area-based artist Minoosh Zomorodinia’s new two-channel video the artist is depicted standing alone in epic natural landscapes facing into strong winds that press a silver safety blanket against her body. Zomorodinia struggles against the gale to keep her body covered. Her resistance against forces beyond her control, and her determination to be both present and invisible at the same time, combine in ways that are powerful and at times humorous.
For her Bay Area debut, Oregon-based artist Tannaz Farsi will be installing works from her recent solo exhibition, Points of Departure. For a large wall-work, Farsi displays the names of Iranian women, historical and contemporary, creating a visible and accountable document of women's public intellectual labor in Iran and abroad. The names are spelled out in a custom font inspired by 10th century Arabic calligraphy.
Sahar Khoury, an Oakland-based artist, will be producing a new installation of hybrid sculptural works for the exhibition that bring attention to key historical dates in Iran/US relationship of the past four decades.
Part and Parcel and its partner exhibition Once at Present (March 29 - April 20, 2019), curated by Kevin B. Chen and Taraneh Hemami at Minnesota Street Project, are affiliate programs of the international conference, Forty Years and More (March 28 - 30 2019), presented by the new Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SFSU. https://ids.sfsu.edu/conference
Image credit: Minoosh Zomorodinia, Sensation, 2016-2018, two channel video installation (video still)