After the Revolution: Contemporary Photography from California and Tehran

After the Revolution: Contemporary Photography from California and Tehran
Curated by Meg Shiffler, SFAC Gallery Director and Ghazaleh Hedayat, Tehran-based Artist/Curator

Dates: April 16 – June 27, 2008
Reception:     Wednesday, April 16th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location:        Art at City Hall, Ground Floor- San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm, admission is free to the public

Participating Artists:
Tehran Mehraneh Atashi, Mahboube Karamli, Morteza Khaki, Meysam Mahfouz, Parham Taghioff

California Elhum Amjadi, Amir H. Fallah, Naciem Nikkhah, Parisa Taghizadeh, Shadi Yousefian

The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and PhotoAlliance are pleased to present After the Revolution, a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary photography by Iranian artists from California and Tehran as part of our ongoing Art at City Hall program.

After the Revolution is the first substantial exhibition mounted in the US featuring photography by emerging artists from Tehran. In addition, the work from Tehran is featured alongside photographs by emerging artists of Iranian decent living in California, thus creating a rich dialogue around the hopes and concerns of Iranians and the Iranian Diaspora. The artists, all under the age of 40, were born around or after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. After the Revolution features 70 photographs by the participating artists, is located at San Francisco City Hall, the seat of local government and a premiere venue for the exhibition of artworks engaged in a civic dialogue.

America’s political relationship with Iran is in continuous flux, and it is important during times that are more turbulent to reflect on the human experience. Contemporary art is a powerful tool to break down barriers and bring to light common experiences while celebrating disparate perspectives. It is evident in the photographs featured in After the Revolution that these young artists are grappling with a society caught between traditional values and contemporary innovation. The work highlights both the distinction between public and private spaces, as well as the specific nature of public and private expression within Iranian culture.

This exhibition is supported by Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, PhotoAlliance, and Electric Works.


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