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Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

February 21 - May 10, 2009

Majid Koorang Beheshti, Untitled, 2000-2004, photograph (gelatin silver print), 29 x 45 in.

In the first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to travel to the United States, Persian Visions features 20 artists who use the camera as a tool for cultural expression and self-exploration.  Organized by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Minnesota Department of Art, this exhibition of more than 60 works introduces some of Iran's most celebrated photographers to American audiences.

Persian Visions offers a glimpse into the aspects of existence–family, history, place, mortality, language, memory–that engage us all.  These photographers offer a poignant reminder that at the center of political turmoil there can be humanity; and that a keen eye tuned to the tensions of modern life need not be blind to its poetry.

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, DC. The exhibition is supported in part by grants from the ILEX Foundation; the University of Minnesota McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment; and the Department of Art, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota. Local support for this exhibition and accompanying programs has been provided by Rockwell Collins and Chuck and Mary Ann Peters.






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