Echoes of Liberty

Taraneh Hemami's platform celebrating calls for freedom

by Jahanshah Javid
"In light of the Arab Spring and ongoing censorship in the arts in the United States, despite its declaration of being 'the land of the free,' Taraneh Hemami uses Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ setting in the center of downtown San Francisco as a public platform to celebrate the open spirit of the city, while echoing the call for freedom that has risen across the globe. A neon sign with the word 'free'— in both English and Arabic—repeated in a circle, acting as a chant or incantation, is the centerpiece of the design. The two intricate layered geometric patterns that surround the neon are inspired by Islamic decorative art, which itself refuses to adhere strictly to the rules of geometry. The relative freedom in the complex shapes echoes the circular call for liberty." >>> Watch video

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by hajj khnom on

Thanks for taking pictures and sharing them with us who do not have a chance to see this wonderful piece of art closely. I reviewed those pictures few times. I loved the harmony and blue color of it, is so peaceful.  


Anahid Hojjati

I still have to check these pictures but previously

by Anahid Hojjati on

and even now for me her name brings up the first time i heard about her which was when she did works regarding iranians in diaspora. at least until couple years ago and perhaps even now, her art was displayed on walls of persian center in berkeley. that one was a good work.

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I don't understand what she means by "ongoing censorship in US"

by Esfand Aashena on

First of all where is the art?  Is it the hexagon panels in the window?  Is that it? the one being subject to "ongoing censorship in the arts in the United States,"?

Second of all, can we have an example of "ongoing censorship in the arts."?

I just didn't see any "art" in these pictures!  At least a love triangle or hexagon love or something!

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Here vs There

by Jahanshah Javid on

What was most striking about Hemami's work was substance and inspiration... echoes of meaningful events happening in the Middle East and North Africa. A celebration of nations fighting for freedom -- something terribly worthwhile and important for a region suffering in the clutches of tyrants for hundreds, thousands of years.

By contrast works exhibited by other artists at the center were a sorry collection of absolutely nothing. Seemed like these artists, who already live in a free society, have precious little to say. With important social and political battles already been won, these artists seem bored; busy picking their nose, rather than their brain.