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Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

Jepson Center June 10 - August 31, 2009

Exhibition Closed August 2009

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran consists of fifty-eight works of photography and video by renowned Iranian artists. The first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to tour the United States, the exhibition provides a rare and revealing view of life and experience in Iran. Among Iran’s most celebrated photographers, the twenty artists represented in the exhibition use the medium for cultural expression and self-exploration. Several of them lived abroad and experienced Western culture before returning home to re-experience and document their own culture. While foreign photographers frequently represent Iran and its people as mysterious and exotic, the artists included in Persian Visions offer an intimate and unique perspective on life in their native country. Given President Obama’s recent attempts to reignite international exchange and social dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, as well as an increasing interest in the art and culture of Iran, this exhibition is particularly timely.

Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran, and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. This exhibition was made possible in part by the ILEX Foundation, University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, and the Department of Art, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota.

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Images from Top to Bottom: Bahman Jalali   (Iranian, b. 1944); Image of Imagination 2 (detail), 2003; C-print; 28 1/4 x 28 1/4. Yahya Dehghanpoor (Iranian, b.1940) Untitled, (detail), n.d.; 26 x 38; Silver gelatin print

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