ART EXHIBITION OPENS AT WELLS COLLEGE
Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography in the String Room Gallery.
Aurora, New York—The Wells College 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 6:00-8:00 pm; 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, cafÈculture, amateur wrestling, or body building); Persian traditions; and the unique situation of
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 12–5 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 www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery or contact Professor Ganis at 315.364.3465.
Wells College is a nationally recognized private liberal arts college located on the shores of beautiful Cayuga Lake. Founded in 1868 and coeducational since 2005, Wells provides an academically rigorous and relationship-based educational experience strengthened by the College’s small size, residential atmosphere, and dedication to experiential learning. The mission of Wells College is to teach students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives.
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CONTACT: William Ganis, associate professor of art history, email@example.com, 315-364-3465
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2012