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Beyond Boundaries: Iranian women artists in Berkeley

Worth Ryder Gallery,
116 Kroeber Hall, Bancroft Way at College Avenue
UC Berkeley
June 10- July 1
Opening reception: Saturday, June 10, 6-9 pm

After several months of hard work by many dedicated people, I am happy to announce that the exhibition Beyond Boundaries is about to open this Saturday, the 10th of June. Beyond Boundaries, features contemporary art of nineteen Iranian women, gathered from around the world. I am very excited to be part of this exhibition that is being presented by the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation's 11th conference (IWSF2000), and sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. There will be a catalog for the show available for sale at the opening.

I will be exhibiting: Mehrab: The wall of Stories -- a structure presented as part of the installation/ performance Sacred Space/ Layered Stories at the Lab in San Francisco, in 1995. (Mehrab: a niche in a mosque, marking the direction of Mecca and creating a focus for meditation and prayer.) Using the traditional structure of a mehrab, I have embedded collected writings, poetry and pages of journals of Iranian women on the surfaces of the mehrab in place of the Islamic calligraphy . Altering the Islamic structure, and replacing the Islamic calligraphy with stories of women as a way to give voice to the stories of women.

For more information about the IWSF Conference 2000, June 15-18, please visit IWSF.org or call 408-262-5092

Other artists of the exhibition:

- Soudabeh Ardavan, drawings, Sweden
- Rana Bastani, assemblage, Bay Area
- Aaram Bayat, photography, Canada
- Jaleh A. Etemad , Painting, Bay Area
- Aylene Fallah, installation, Washington, DC
- Shorhreh Fayzdjou (In memory of), Installation, France
- Shadafarin Ghadirian, Photography, Iran
- Mitra Ghafari, collaborative painting, Bay Area
- Fereshteh Hamidi Toosi, Artist's Books, Japan
- Gita Hashemi, digital media, Canada
- Roshan Houshmand, Mixed Media Painting, PA
- Marjan Karim, Sculpture, NY
- Kendal Kennedy, Ink on Paper, CT
- Mallie Mehryar, Installation, Bay Area
- Tara Mozafarian, Mixed Media Painting, LA
- Haleh Niazmand, Mixed Media Painting,IA
- Afarin Rahmanifar, Painting, CT
- Naz Shahrokh, Mixed Media, NY
- Termeh Yeghiyazarian, Installation, Bay Area

Hope to see you there at the opening!

Taraneh Hemami


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