Nobody Will Walk on the Forbidden Fruit

Afra Pourdad, Kamelia Pezeshki, Ali Kamran, Lida Shanehchiyan

Four photographers present the experience of various women through diverse perspectives framing moments and emotions ranging from agony to ecstasy. The group collaboration is inspired by the poem Cold Season by Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad. In the spirit of Contact 2010’s theme of Pervasive Influence, we the artists hope, through means of subject, to contribute to the area of socially concerned photography. Images of women in contrasting societies (specifically the east versus west) shall provide an interesting outlook on diverse contextual issues related to politics and culture. Opening reception: May 2nd, 2010, 2-6 pm Thursday May 6th, at 7:00  Bob Carnie,Co-owner of Elevator and Dylan Ellis Gallery

Title of lecture: Tales from the Darkroom.

The topic… fine art printing transition from analogue to digital wet hybrid work flows

Thursday May 6th, at 8:00 Paul Sanderson, Lawyer

Paul has practiced entertainment and arts law exclusively, in private practice, since being called to the Ontario bar in 1983. He is currently a sole practioner with the firm Sanderson Entertainment Law, which is located in the heart of the entertainment district in Toronto, Canada.

His expertise includes drafting, negotiating and advising clients concerning specialized contracts in the music industry and visual arts fields.

He is the author of the ground-breaking legal texts “Musicians and the Law in Canada” (Carswell Legal Publication), now in its third edition and Artists Contracts for Visual and Media Artists (CARFAC Ontario) now in its 2nd edition.

He is also a frequent lecturer and is currently an instructor at Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production.

Title of lecture: Copyright Basics : The rights and the wrongs

The topic…..What is copyright? Why is important? How do I acquire copyright? How long does copyright last? How do I protect my copyright? Do I have to register my copyright? In this lecture, Paul Sanderson, a lawyer with over 25 years in private practice in arts and entertainment law, will outline the fundamental copyright principles and will discuss copyright issues relevant to photographers.

The Cold Season by Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad. Let us believe in the beginning of the cold season. It is me,a lonely woman at the doors of a cold season,and discovery of the soiled soul of this Earth, the sad despair of this Sky,and the inability of my frozen hands. Time passed,Time passed and clock struk four times. Today is the 21st of DecemberI know secrets of seasons And I understand words of instants.The redeemer is buried, and the soil, this welcoming soilis pointing to the salvation. Time passed,and clock struk four times. Wind is blowing outside,Wind is blowing outside, And I am thinking about flowers mating;and about blossoms on their frail, pale stems, and about this ailing, drained instant.A man is passing by the soaked trees, And his blue veins' strings,raise over his gorge, like lifeless snakes.And those stabbed words are circulating in his ravaged mind:“I greet you.” And I am just thinking about flowers mating...At the doors of a cold season, in the mourning of mirrors,with the entirety of this fading remembrance, And in this loaded dusk by the consciousness of silence,how could I ask him to stop? Ask this man who goesSo patient, So heavy,So thrown, How could I tell him that he is not alive,that he was never alive. Wind is blowing outsideAnd all lonely crows of isolation are flowing in the aged garden of boredom.Oh, the ladder has such a short height! They took the whole innocence of a heart,to the castle of Captive Mermaid and now,and now, how someone would dance? And would pour her childhood locks in happy waters?And now, Nobody will walk on the forbidden fruit.