String Room Gallery presents "Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography"

Exhibit guest-curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick will be on display.




Gallery open Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm


String Room Gallery, Main Building

General Info

 The Visual Arts Department is proud to announce its first exhibition of the 2012–13 academic year, "Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography." The photographic prints will be on display in the String Room Gallery (SRG) from August 29 through October 3. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, August 29 from 6-8 p.m.; refreshments will be served. 

This exhibition, guest-curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick of the University of Ottawa, is based on her research into Iranian culture as well as field-work done in Tehran in 2010. In an attempt to expand the issues that have preoccupied discourses in Middle Eastern art (namely: femininity, the veil, gender oppression, religious traditions and/or revolutionary violence), this exhibition addresses the exposure of gendered bodies in Iranian lens-based art. The exhibiting artists (emerging and senior, who all live and work in Iran), shift our attention to: masculinity as well as femininity; female agency and deft political critique; secular activities (for example, café culture, amateur wrestling or body building); Persian traditions; and the unique situation of Iran. 

To convey meaning and to negotiate the censorship of all cultural production in Iran, the artists use metaphor and allegory in video and photography, the blurring of boundaries between fiction and documentary, and the visual styles familiar to fashion, advertising and graphic design. Different understandings of the artworks, from perspectives inside and outside of Iran, make the viewing of Iranian art equally challenging and rewarding. New insights and old assumptions are revealed about Iranian culture(s) as well as about Canadian and North American culture(s).

The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5 pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information about the show at Wells, please see the gallery’s website at or contact Professor Ganis at 315.364.3465.