Arts Initiative’s gallery is open to the public Tuesdays
Fridays from 12 to 6 p.m. and stays open on First Fridays of each month
from 6 to 8 p.m.
On view through April 25, 2013:
That Person Who Is
Iranian Women Exploring the Feminine Self
Curated by Sara Zia Ebrahimi
Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.
With Artists Mona Shomali and Mala Iqbal
Presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts exhibition The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World
From left: Still from Someone who is not like anyone
by Haleh Jamali;
Ode to Farogh by Mona Shomali
Taking its title from the line of a 1950s feminist poem, Call To Arms
by the late Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad, this exhibition
investigates internal and external constructs of female identity in and
outside Iran. Presented by From the Mouth of the Lion, an organization
promoting Iranian artists in the diaspora, and artclvb, an online
platform for contemporary Middle Eastern art, the paintings and video
installations by Mona Shomali (USA) and Haleh Jamali (UK) challenge both Eastern and Western notions about the subject, ‘unveiling’ femininity in the process.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mona Shomali is a New York City based painter who spent over eight
years creating her Naked Folklore collection that features Iranian
women in colorful, nude portraits. These paintings--six of which are on
display as part of That Person Who Is Your Creation--represent extremes
in the narrative of being Iranian American along spectrums of tradition
and modernity, public and private, vulnerability and pride and
oppression and liberation.
Haleh Jamali is a UK based artist who works with both painting and
video installation mediums to explore themes on Iranian identity. That
Person Who Is Your Creation features Jamali's single stream video
installation Someone who is not like anyone--also a line from another
Farrokhzad poem. In this video a midshot of a woman's striking direct
stare continues for the full three-minute duration of the piece.
May 3 - June 7, 2013
Friday, May 3
4 p.m Youth Reception
6 p.m. All-Ages Reception
WE ARE ALL
is a cross-city conversation in which students explore personal ,
collective, cultural and geographical identities through portraits,
collaborative projects, and interactive works of art that signify who
they are and who they are becoming.
WE ARE ALL is presented by
Asian Arts Initiative’s Community Curators Program, which offers
exhibition opportunities for those seeking to explore community issues
through contemporary art. The program aims to engage diverse audiences,
foster dialogue, and inspire social change in Chinatown North and
beyond. Visit our Call for Artists page for more information.
Our celebration of youth-centered creative projects at Asian Arts Initiative continues with Skate Shop. Seattle-based
artist Nin Truong of WKND Studio will work with Asian Arts Initiative
teaching artist Nicole Schaller and Youth Arts Workshop students to
create a pop-up shop at Asian Arts Initiative with youth-designed
skateboards and apparel. Check back soon for more updates on Skate Shop public programming!
June 15 - September 30, 2013
Skate Shop / 676 Skate
Isaac Lin, Nin Truong, and Youth Arts Workshop
Friday, June 14, 6 p.m
1219 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
more about Asian Arts Initiative's gallery and see examples of past
exhibitions, click here.