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My Family (Hallelujah 2)

Shahriar Tavakoli
My Family (Hallelujah 2)
2002


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Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

September 29–December 30, 2007

The first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to be presented in the United States, Persian Visions introduces the work of twenty exceptionally talented artists. Through their highly creative and personalized manipulations of the photographic medium, these artists—all celebrated figures in their homeland and many known in Europe as well—explore aspects of cultural, gendered, and individual identities in Iran at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Shokoufeh Alidousi, for example, probes the boundaries of self-portraiture by a woman, working both within and against the tradition of the veil. Sadegh Tirafkan portrays three young Iranians walking purposefully past the ancient site of Persepolis, the Persian capital destroyed by Alexander's armies in the fourth century, inviting us to wonder whether they are acknowledging or dismissing this ancient site. Shahriyar Tavakoli seems to welcome us into the intimacy of his home and family life—until we realize that the black backgrounds make each scene float in a dream-like state. Collectively, the photographs and films of these artists question not only what it is to be Iranian, but also the nature of reality as perceived by the human eye—and the camera's lens.

Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran, and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition was made possible in part by the ILEX Foundation, University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, and the Department of Art, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota.

Its presentation in Ann Arbor is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, and University of Michigan Women’s Studies Program.



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