[NetBehaviour] rePresent

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu May 26 12:45:46 CEST 2005

*CCA Center for Art and Public Life* invites you to the second public 
presentation of CrossConnections with visiting artist Taraneh Hemami and 
visiting scholar Persis Karim. Participating Iranian and 
Iranian-American artists offer a portrait of the Iranian-American 
experience in the United States.


A collective art project
by visiting artist
Taraneh Hemami
with visiting scholar
Persis Karim

June 4-19, 2005

Oliver Art Center
California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway (at College Avenue)
Oakland, CA 94618

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4    6-9 p.m.
Closing Reception :   Sunday, June 19    4-7 p.m.
With readings and performances by participating writers, plus special 
guests Robert Karimi and Sote.

Participating artists and writers:
Azin Arefi, Naseem Badiey, Ali Dadgar, Ala Ebtekar, Mahru Elahi,
Iranshid Ghadimi, Haleh Hatami, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Taraneh Hemami,
Afshean Hessam, Persis Karim, Parissa Milani, Farnaz Shadravan,
Mokhtar Pak, Fariba Safai, Farnoosh Seifoddini, Roham Sheikhani,
Nazanin H. Shenasa, Bijan Yashar, Termeh Yeghiazaria, Shadi Yousefian.

CrossConnections is a yearlong residency project at the CCA Center for 
Art and Public Life with visiting artist Taraneh Hemami and visiting 
scholar Persis Karim. CrossConnections is intended to engage Iranian and 
Iranian-American artists and writers in an intergenerational, creative 
dialogue about issues of cultural identity, preservation, and 
representation in a transcultural and transnational context. This 
project also explores the diverse local and global influences that 
contribute to unite or divide cultures and examines the contemporary 
realities of Iranian-Americans in the wake of dramatic shifts in 
American culture following the tragedy of 9/11.

"Of past and present" at the Intersection for the Arts on May 1st, 2005, 
was CrossConnections¹ first public presentation featuring 
multidisciplinary site-specific artwork as well as a performance and 
reading by participating writers. The participants created a collective 
installation based on a historical timeline, while reflecting on dates 
of personal significance to explore their personal, political, and 
social concerns as artists and writers.

rePresent is a work-in-progress exhibition that delves into ideas 
developed through the CrossConnections project.  The participants expand 
on their personal reflections of the historical timeline created for "of 
past and present" as well as create a collaborative pieces that focus on 
dialogue between and across artists and disciplines. For 14 days at  
Oliver Art Center, the artists and writers will interact with local news 
and news from Iranian media, exploring "translations" of the cultural 
and the political while looking at tools of representation of self and 

The historical timeline is complemented by a layer of personal stories 
of the Bay Area Iranian community through a new presentation of Hall of 
Reflections, a collective art project created by Taraneh Hemami. Hall of 
Reflections presents images and remembrances of the Bay Area 
Iranian-American community through family photographs and text 
documenting and memorializing the journey of Iranians to this country.

Audience members are invited to participate by adding personal memories, 
media clips, and objects to the evolving collective portraits of time 
and place.
For more information:
capl at cca.edu

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