Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
On Sunday 19 October the artist Sara Rahbar spoke about two of her textile pieces in process of acquisition by the British Museum. They comprise an assemblage of Iranian and Central Asian textiles, amulets, military decorations and bullet shells sewn onto US flags. The themes covered in her works are very personal to her own experiences but also those of many Iranians who left Iran following the Revolution of 1979 and its aftermath. Sara discussed these pieces within the context of her past and recent collections of work.
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Born in Tehran, Sara Rahbar (b. 1976) moved to America at the age of five and works from her base in New York. She trained at London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work ranges from photography to sculpture to installation and is largely autobiographical, always stemming from her personal experiences. Rahbar's work has been widely shown internationally and is held in multiple collections worldwide
The Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art program sponsored by MOP Foundation, in partnership with the British Museum and in collaboration with independent curator and writer Vali Mahlouji, focuses on the increased interest in Iranian art and features Iranian artists, curators, and critics. These talks explore the oeuvre of significant Iranian artistic figures and assess the legacy and importance of these artists' works within the context of modern and contemporary Iranian art production and beyond. Each panel discussion includes leading figures in the Modern and Contemporary Art industry.