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Scheherazade today

Posted in Style & Travel

For how connected and worldly we all think we are, what do we really know about faraway lands we have little chance of visiting?

False roots – Sanaz Khosravi

What if ignorance is replaced by misconceptions?

What do we know, for instance, of how it might be for a woman to live in contemporary Iran? For all the Iranians I come in contact with on a daily basis in Los Angeles, I know nothing of the land they left. I buy saffron and eat kebabs at the stores and restaurants that dot Westwood Boulevard, and I accept their gracious hospitality, but there is little I know, nothing tangible, about contemporary Iran, beyond nuclear arms deals.

Girl by Masoud Mohammadi and A Baluch man with his two wives by Hossein Sadri

These thoughts were rushing through my mind as I admired the photographs of contemporary Iran by Iranian photographers currently on view at the Craft & Folk Art Museum. The exhibition, “Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video” opened a small curtain, gave me a tiny peek. The images feel mysterious, foreign but, especially the ones by women, also convey a sense of community and struggle that women all over are familiar with. The struggles and the communities might be different but the female lens we use is the same everywhere.

Iranian carpet – Amir Amiri

Top image: Love – Omid Sariri Ajili

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5 Comments

  1. Se arrivasse a Milano …

    February 3, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Andra’ in giro per gli Stati Uniti ma non ho visto date estere per il momento.

      February 4, 2017
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  2. winstonmoreton
    winstonmoreton

    We saw Hidden Figures last night. The escape from bigots lies out there in the universe. Hidden Figures should win the academy award for best movie but expect La La Land to do that

    February 3, 2017
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Heard it was excellent. Will go see this weekend. It won as best cast ensemble at the SAG Awards (the awards that the actors’ guild awards).

      February 3, 2017
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