An Exhibition Amplifying the Voices of Iranian Women
On view: February 9 - March 26
Opening Reception: February 9, 6-9pm.
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.
Since the murder of Jina (Mahsa) Amini, the global art community has taken an active and important role in support of the “Woman Life Freedom” movement in Iran. Iranian women are leading the fight against an aging theocratic regime clinging to power. While the authoritarian regime has sought to subdue the Iranian people and its culture, it is Iranians that are quelling the regime.
Art has been a form of resistance. We have witnessed artists, curators, museums, and galleries worldwide show their solidarity by creating, partnering and providing avenues to raise awareness of the ongoing revolution.
The aim of this exhibition is to amplify the voice of Iranians who are and have been bravely defying tyranny and protesting for their freedoms through the lens of art.
This exhibition, featuring sculptures, installations, paintings, digital media, and performance art, is a celebration of the incredibly courageous Iranian people, especially the women of Iran, and its culture.
In solidarity with the artists and people of Iran, due to the current oppressive climate in Iran, and the risks protesters, artists and their families face, all work from all artists (inside and outside of Iran) will be exhibited anonymously.
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Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 11, 6-9pm
The Iranian Queer community has long been sidelined in the fight for freedom from the oppressive Islamic Regime in Iran. However, the time is now for the LGBTQIA+ community to be recognized as an important part of this fight...
6-7pm: Screening of the Iranian documentary, Gracefully, directed by Arash Eshaghi. Gracefully tells the story of a drag queen who had been performing on stage for decades up until the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Since the revolution, he has been banned from performing and now lives on a farm, spending most of his time farming and occasionally dancing for elderly people at nursing homes.
7:15pm: Queer Conversations, a panel discussion with prominent LGBTQIA+ Iranian-Americans.
Read More and Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queer-conversations-at-anonymously-iran-tickets-573220186007
International Women’s Day at Anonymously از Iran
In celebration of International Women’s Day: an evening of empowering and celebrating unapologetic and bold women.
There is nothing more powerful than a strong, free, and educated woman, a “Shirzan.” In Persian, 'Shir' means 'Lion' & 'Zan' means 'Woman'. The word "Shirzan" refers to an unstoppable woman. A woman who is powerful, not because of her majestic physical appearance, but for her inner strength and power.
This International Women’s Day, surround yourself with other Shirzan(s) for a conversation on how the first women-led revolution in Iran is confronting gender apartheid and why freedom for Iranian women will empower women around the world.
6-7 PM: Connect with other powerful Shirzan(s) and their allies.
7 PM: Welcome by Shabnam Salehezadeh (an “Anonymous” organizer)
A Conversation With Shirzan(s), a panel discussion with Iranian-American women who are breaking down walls in their careers to create more equitable communities for women.
Behnaz Ghahramani (CEO, Brother Vellies)
Dr. Hiva Feizi (Ph.D. in Foreign Policy; Executive Director of award-winning Iranian Human Rights Organization, PaykanArtCar)
Maryam Banikaram (Founding Member, NYCNext; NY Post’s “50 Most Powerful Women in NYC”)
Nicolette Mason (Brand Strategist; Founding Member, Iranian Diaspora Collective)
Simin Kermati (Visual Artist and Activist focusing on social-political topics, identity, and injustices facing women in Iran)
Moderated by: Mandy Ansari (Founder, Modern Girl Media; Founding Member, Iranian Diaspora Collective)
8:15-9 PM: Community Building + Networking
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
The venue will be closed to the public and entrance to the gallery will only be available for ticket holders.
The event is hosted by Culture Lab LIC in conversation with current exhibition, Anonymously از Iran: An Exhibition Amplifying the Voices of Iranian Women.