Themes of resistance and resilience cut through the multidisciplinary work of Iranian artist Minoo Emami, who helms the exhibition Minoo Emami: Under My Veil at the Hartford Art School’s Joseloff Gallery, on view through December 16.
This retrospective exhibition highlights the artist’s early career as a self-taught painter, featuring a selection of those works alongside experiments in sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, and installation art. As a collection of objects, all are intended to come together to transform the trauma of war and oppression into objects of beauty and hope. Significantly, this show includes new, never-before-seen work created over the past year in response to the ongoing Women’s Rights Movement in Iran.
The exhibition and associated programming at the Hartford Art School galleries hope to present visitors with an opportunity to learn about Persian aesthetics, Islamic customs, and the events in modern Iranian history that inform Minoo Emami’s work; as well as a chance to reflect on the state of human rights and social justice movements within our own geopolitical landscape.
During the first weeks of Minoo Emami: Under My Veil in Joseloff Gallery, the Silpe Gallery will also feature the artist’s recent video work, as well as a collaborative artmaking activity. The Video Work & Body Quilt exhibition runs through October 21. Visitors are invited to participate in stitching together Emami’s early “antiwar” paintings to create a massive quilt. This project will culminate in a performance by the artist and a sacrificial burning of the quilt in solidarity with those who continue to fight for human rights in Iran and elsewhere. The Body Quilt Performance and Burning will take place on November 11 at 2pm (ET).
The exhibition, related events, and programming will take place at the University of Hartford, in Connecticut.
For more information, visit hartford.edu/gallery.