Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Abbas Kowsari, Masculinity A series, No. 1, 2006
Abbas Kowsari, Masculinity A series, No. 1
Amirali Ghasemi, Coffee Shop Ladies, No. 2, 2004-5
Amirali Ghasemi, Coffee Shop Ladies, No. 2
Zeinab Salarvand, Hope for the Future: Contentment in the Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 2, 2008
Zeinab Salarvand, Hope for the Future: Contentment in the Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 2
Sadegh Tirafkan, Zoorkhaneh series, 2003-4
Sadegh Tirafkan, Zoorkhaneh series
Arman Stepanian, The Hidden Meaning of Photography in Iran (Nazanin 1), 2010
Arman Stepanian, The Hidden Meaning of Photography in Iran (Nazanin 1)
Samira Eskandarfar, Film still from Dowry for Mahrou, 2006
Samira Eskandarfar, Film still from Dowry for Mahrou
2012 Featured Exhibition

Group Exhibition
Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography

May 4–June 9, 2012
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond St W, Ste 120
Artists Samira Eskandarfar
Amirali Ghasemi
Abbas Kowsari
Zeinab Salarvand
Arman Stepanian
Sadegh Tirafkan

Curator Andrea Fitzpatrick has conducted extensive research into Iranian culture and in 2010 travelled to Tehran to do field work. Discourses about Middle Eastern art tend to be preoccupied by certain issues: femininity, the veil, gender disparity, religious tradition, and revolutionary conflict. This exhibition shifts the focus by considering the following themes: masculinity; female agency; secular activities (for example, café-culture, amateur wrestling, or extreme body building); Persian traditions; and the unique situation of Iran.

The artists communicate visual messages that are by necessity subtle and ambiguous. They use strategies such as metaphor and allegory, the blurring of boundaries between fiction and documentary, and the adoption of visual styles more typical of fashion, advertising, and graphic design. Understanding of Iranian art will differ depending on one’s knowledge of the country. However, works in this show also offer audiences an opportunity to abandon old assumptions and gain new insights about the culture.

 

Curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa

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