Willimantic, CT. - Beginning March 25 and running through May 6, the Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present "Chahar Ghesmat," which means "four parts" in Farsi. The exhibit will show the work of four female Iranian and Iranian- American artists working in a variety of media (film, photography, painting, collage) to portray women in Iranian culture. The artists include Taravat Talepasand, Afarin Rahmanifar, Mina Momeni and Farideh Shahsavarani.
There will be several events during April to celebrate this exhibition. An opening reception takes place on April 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. A screening of the movie "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud takes place on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. For more information on the "Persepolis" screening, visit www.persepolis.com. A gallery talk by Iranian-born artist Samira Abbassy takes place on April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the gallery. For more information on the Samira Abbassy gallery talk, visit www.samiraabbassy.com. For all events, the public is invited and admission is free.
American-born Talepasand is the youngest of the four artists in this exhibit. She studied Persian miniature painting in Iran and uses ancient, traditional techniques to create thought-provoking and politically-charged imagery. Talepasand says, "Growing up Iranian in
Rahmanifar, born in
Momeni, born in
Momeni's use of color and symbol is dramatic, however--mirrors, geraniums, pomegranates, flashes of colors and expressions often reference both traditional Iranian literature as well as contemporary lifestyle. Momeni says, "It is too simplistic to think that it is possible to put a veil on Iranian Woman's thought forcefully, and steal the light of this modern age's intellect from her eyes." Her work can be viewed at http://www.minamomeni.com.
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"These artists were selected based on their differing national and generational views and how their different experiences strongly influence their work and imagery," says Elizabeth Peterson, coordinator of the Akus Gallery. "Despite these differences, all create work with an opulence and richness which is very Persian. Of course, the increasingly charged political climate between Iran and the United States and a desire to shed a more thoughtful and human light on the subject, was the impetus for our developing this show."
The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call (860) 465-4659 or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.