Tehran: Public Lives, Private Spaces
New Art & Digital Media from Iran

at the Alphonse Berber Gallery 2546 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California.

March 30 - April 10, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 1, 2010 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

The photos and video installations in the exhibition - mostly all created by young Iranian artists born after the 1979 Iranian Revolution - came to northern California originally for separate exhibitions organized by the San Francisco Commission for the Arts and by the Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. The works are being brought together and re-installed now in the East Bay to highlight the vision and work of these artists to new audiences, particularly in light of recent events in Iran, that have shown a growing interest of Iranian citizens in self-expression and exploring personal freedom.

Featured artists:

  • Homayoun Sirizi Askari
  • Mehraneh Atashi
  • Mahboube Karamli
  • Morteza Khaki
  • Meysam Mahfouz
  • Mehran Mohajer
  • Neda Razavipour
  • Parisa Taghizadeh
  • Parham Tagioff

Special thanks for the exhibition are due to the artists, to Taraneh Hemami, to Meg Shiffler of San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and to Kevin Chen of the Intersection for the Arts.

The events being organized for Islam Today: New Media and Youth Culture in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia are intended to increase public understanding of how young Muslims are exploring their identities, finding communities, promoting new agendas and confronting stereotypes.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by Asia Society Northern California, the Arab Cultural and Community Center, and the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.