Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back
The mashrabiya and its attendant practice of looking form the conceptual basis for this exhibition. The artworks implicate the viewer as both witness and participant in a dynamic, responsive form of looking. Who has the power to look? What social conditions arise from the dynamics of looking and being seen? What is the responsibility of the viewer in this power dynamic?
The exhibition celebrates the establishment of a center for Iranian diasporic studies at SF State in the coming year, an initiative funded by alumna Neda Nobari (B.S., ’84). The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programs including lectures, performances and panel discussions in the gallery, as well as a related education conference co-sponsored with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
- The Art of Looking Back I, “The Artist as Interlocutor.” Conversation with Ala Ebtekar, Sanaz Mazinani, Santhi Kavuri-Bauer and Kathy Zarur, February 23, 12:10pm – 1pm, Fine Arts Gallery.
- Visiting artist lecture by Taraneh Hemami. February 23, 5:30pm, Fine Arts Building, Room 296.
- Workshop with Taraneh Hemami, March 9, noon, Fine Arts Gallery.
- The Art of Looking Back II, “New Approaches to Curating the Region.” Conversation with Carel Bertram, Deena Chalabi, Santhi Kavuri-Bauer and Kathy Zarur, March 16, 12:10pm – 1pm. Fine Arts Gallery.
Image: Threshold by Sanaz Mazinani (detail). 2015.