Two powerful, eye-opening programs deconstruct and recontextualize women’s complex relationship with Islam in Iranian culture and society. Ranging from experimental film and video to documentaries, the works draw attention to ways women are posited both within Islam and at its border, with codes of sexual propriety, veiling and separation functioning as signifiers of a condition fraught with contradiction and hope.
Artists include Haleh Anvari, Samira Eskandarfar, Loghman Khaledi, Firouzeh Khorosvani, Nassrin Nasser, Pooya Razi, Jinoos Taghizadeh and Nikoo Tarkhani. Part of the Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), which links nearly 30 L.A. institutions to explore traditional and contemporary arts from Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI launches this fall in conjunction with the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary exhibition Shangri La: Imagined Cities, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for its L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.