I RAN Home (In America)

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Opening Reception Thursday, June 10, 6 - 9 pm
CoCA Ballard, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
On View Weekdays at Ballard 10 am - 5 pm, June 10 - July 5, 2010

The well-reviewed exhibition I RAN Home (In America) travels to Seattle in June at The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA). The exhibition first appeared in Washington, DC in November 2009 where it attracted hundreds of viewers. I RAN Home (In America) seeks to acknowledge Iranian-American art as an important and emerging genre. Running June 10 - July 5, 2010, at CoCA, the exhibition will feature two new West Coast-based artists: Taravat Talepasand and Arien Valizadeh.

Iranian artists have become players in the national and international contemporary art scene, but too often, this genre is tied to politics. In reality, Iranian-American artists are multi-faceted with different and conflicting identities and influences. Their work may be affected by political realities, but not decided by them. In I RAN Home (In America), these diverse influences unite in profoundly personal artworks that strive to achieve acceptance and understanding from all viewers. The genre educates the American public about Iranian culture and reveals the effects of Diaspora on community identity.

New York based Eric Robert Parnes appropriates contemporary images and intentionally revises them to reveal the ways in which they have driven war, religion and fashion through time. Iranian-born, Hadieh Shafie explores the fundamental aspects of process, repetition and time throughout her works, which take direct inspiration from the whirling dervish of Sufism. Taravat Talepasand creates direct and personal links between her own identity as an American female and the politics of Iran by placing her own image into her works. Finally, Arien Valizadeh challenges and even, criticizes the stereotypical Iranian-American through his Persian Palaces.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Iranian American Community Alliance of Seattle (IACA).

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