Gallery Exhibit Explores Iranian Youth Culture
Posted on October 15, 2019
Farhang Foundation and the UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture are hosting a juried exhibition Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video. The exhibit features international photography and video works from emerging and mid-career artists. The artists selected for the exhibition reside in Iran, the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and Portugal. The works offer distinctive visions of Iran from both inside and outside of the country. The exhibit runs through November 6.
This year’s theme positions a lens on Iranian youth culture with works selected for their multi-faceted and intriguing views into young Iranians and how they navigate their lives. Some portraits reveal personal style or street fashion, while others show time spent participating in leisure activities such as sports, music, or hanging out. Other works explore queer identity, gender representations, and the relationship of youth with their religion, family, and the state.
The exhibition jury panel consisted of prominent Iranian photographers Mehrdad Afsari, Babak Tafreshi, and Maryam Zandi; Iranian cinematographer and director Seifollah Samadian; the J. Paul Getty Museum’s associate curator of photography Amanda Maddox; Iranian gallerist and educator Aria Eghbal; and CAFAM exhibitions curator Holly Jerger.
Farhang Foundation is a nonreligious, nonpolitical, and nonprofit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic and cultural activities in Southern California by funding university programs, cultural programs such as the celebrations of Nowruz and Shab-e Yalda, as well as musical performances, film screenings, and festivals in Southern California.
The UCI Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture serves as an umbrella organization for various activities related to the study of Iran and the Persianate world at the University of California, Irvine. Dedicated to drawing on the strengths of the entire UC Irvine campus, the center focuses on interdisciplinary research projects that bridge the arts, humanities, engineering, medicine, and the sciences. The center was originally established by the School of Humanities in collaboration with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in January 2009. Named after Dr. Samuel Jordan, a missionary in the early 1900s who became a leading educational figure in Iran, it was the first interdisciplinary center in the University of California system dedicated entirely to Persian studies not based in a department of Near East or Middle East studies.