Chahar Ghesmat: Iranian Women Create brings together the work of four artists, Mina Momeni, Farideh Shahsavarani, Taravat Talepasand, and Afarin Rahmanifar. Each of these women work in a variety of media (photography, film and photography, painting, and painting/collage, respectively) and each portray women in Iranian culture. However each also has a unique and varying approach to content and imagery which is in part informed by their differing national and generational views.
Chahar Ghesmat, Farsi for “Four Parts,” demonstrates that despite differences of generation, place of residence, and cultural influences, each of these four artists depict the experience of Iranian women; they all find tremendous resonance and meaning in Iranian culture and history as well as contemporary life; they all create work with an opulence and richness of layers and meanings which is quintessentially Persian.
This exhibition is co-curated with artist and educator, Afarin Rahmanifar, with whom I had the pleasure of collaborating and whose keen eye, great networking, and tremendous warmth and generosity allowed us to identify the artists, develop the checklist of works and open the lines of communication. The impetus for our developing this show was the increasingly charged political climate between Iran and the USA and our desire to shed a more thoughtful, human, and personal light on the subject.