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Document: Iranian-Americans in L.A.

A day of programs celebrates the opening of the photography exhibition

Sunday, June 06, 2010
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA 90095

From October 2009 through January 2010, four documentary photographers — Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie — focused their lenses on second-generation Iranian-Americans of Los Angeles, the world's largest population of expatriate Iranians. This Galleria exhibition offers a selection of engaging images by each of these photographers considering the everyday lives of their subjects. It also addresses the processes of documentation and how they relate to their understandings of their own hyphenated Iranian identities.

See intriguing photographs capturing the varied lives and interests of L.A.'s Iranian-American community — from toddlers at play to an acupuncturist in the office of her Los Feliz practice — including a few recognizable figures such as public intellectual Reza Aslan and comedian Maz Jobrani.

"In cultivating this collaborative project, I wanted to examine documentation as a representational process by offering four Iranian-American photographers' perspectives on who we are, stressing the importance of including multiple voices in documenting our own Los Angeles communities," says guest curator Amy Malek.


A panel of scholars will discuss issues relating to the Iranian diaspora and visual anthropology. Next, exhibition curator Amy Malek is joined by the four documentary photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition — Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie — who will discuss their experiences documenting the everyday lives of second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles. A gallery tour with Malek and a reception follow.

Please check for a detailed schedule.

The exhibition will be on view in the Goldenberg Galleria, in the Fowler Museum from June 6 - September 5, 2010.

Document: Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles
has been organized by Amy Malek, UCLA Anthropology Ph.D candidate, with Susan Slyomovics, faculty advisor, under the auspices of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA and through generous funding from the UCLA Council on Research (COR), UCLA Center for Community Partnerships (CCP), the Farhang Foundation, and CNES.

Cost : Free and Open to the Public

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Sponsor(s): , Farhang Foundation, Council on Research, Center for Community Programs

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