international women's day 2011

Film Screening and Discussion on Iranian Women Artists – March 7th 7-9pm

Posted on: 3 March 2011

Venue: Russell Square: SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, College Buildings
Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre
Cost: £2

Contact: Vincenzo Paci
Phone: 020 7898 4490
Email: vp6@soas.ac.uk
Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/iranianstudies/events/07mar2011-monthly-film-screening-pearls-on-the-ocean-floor.html

Pearls on the Ocean Floor (title from the poem by Hafez ‘This Torture’)

Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor (2010) examines the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. It features Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar, Haleh Anvari, Sara Rahbar, Leila Pazooki, Afshan Ketabchi, Malekeh Nayiny, Gohar Dashti, Pooneh Maghazehe, and Taravat Talepasand.

The film challenges stereotypes and caricatures obscuring the vibrant and robust culture in Iran and its diaspora. Facing issues of identity, gender, and social restrictions, the artists featured in Pearls on the Ocean Floor speak with a compelling quiet reserve and a striking boldness. Their work reveals encounters between religion and secular modernity, change and tradition, contemporary life and history.

Discussants:
* Chili Hawes, director, October Gallery;
* Sara Shamsawari, artist;
* Azadeh Fatehrad, Iranian contemporary artist;
* Fari Bradley, Iranian arts broadcaster;
* Malu Halasa, writer.

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