03.03.2009 / Taraneh Hemami

Visual & Critical Studies Forum
Wednesday, March 4, 10 am – 12 pm
VCS Homeroom, San Francisco campus

Taraneh Hemami’s installations exemplify the kind of research-based creative/scholarly project that moves research beyond the document. Influenced by Persian art, architecture, and poetry, Hemami investigates the complex cultural politics of exile through personal and collaborative community projects that include curatorial endeavors. Her recent work, Theory of Survival issued a residency project at the lab where she invited Iranian and Iranian-American artists to engage with an archive of posters, publications, and documents belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California. The cross generational responses to her archives were exhibited as part of YBCA’s Bay Area Now 5. She teaches in Community Arts, Textiles, and Interdisciplinary Studies at CCA.