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A Celebration of Nowruz: Conversations with Persian Artists – March 20

  • March 20, 2023
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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© Photo by Fazilat Soukhakian


Monday, March 20, 12 pm – 1:30 pm PST


$15 Non-Members; $10 Members – Added donations are encouraged.

FREE for residents living in Iran

Marking Nowruz, Persian for “new day,” a celebration of the rebirth of nature and the beginning of spring, LACP brings together–for the first time–photographers of Iranian origin to usher in the new season with an in-depth conversation about life in the US as female-identified Persian immigrants and first-generation creative practitioners, in the wake of civic uprising in Iran and its direct impact on lives of women and girls.

Los Angeles is home to one of the biggest, most vibrant Persian communities outside of Iran, varying in its diversity, beliefs, traditions and social perspectives. Join us to explore the plurality of viewpoints and personal experiences that define the presence of this community in Southern California and beyond.

Our distinguished panel includes:

Parisa Aminolahi (Tehran, Iran) based in the Netherlands since 2008, is a freelance filmmaker, photographer and painter. She studied theatre stage design (BA) and animation (MA) at University of Art in Tehran and documentary filmmaking (MA) at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work covers a spectrum of themes such as displacement, exile, homeland, family and childhood memories, utilizing childhood and old family photographs, self?portraits and her own family members as her subjects. Her mediums range from photography, documentary filmmaking, animation, painting and mixed media.

She is grant recipient of The Firecracker Photographic Grant, The Netherlands Film Fund, GUP New Dutch Photography Talent of the year, One World Media Student Film Bursary and the Chevening Scholarship. Her dummy book, Tehran Diary, was shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award 2021, BUP Book Award 2020 and PHmuseum 2019 Women Photographers Grant. She had screenings and exhibitions locally and internationally.

Parisa Aminolahi is represented by Ag Galerie, Iran and is a member of Women Photograph.

Fatemeh Baigmoradi (born in 1984) is a visual artist born and raised in Iran. In 2012, Baigmoradi moved to USA. The themes of loss and identity define much of the work that she has made. These themes emerge both directly and indirectly. Transitions in her life, both physical and emotional, have been critical in her work.

Baigmoradi received her Master of Fine Arts in photography at University of New Mexico in 2017, and in 2008 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at University of Tehran. Since 2005, she has participated in several exhibitions and photo festivals in different countries, including United States, England, France, Iran and China.

Her thesis work, “It’s Hard to Kill”, received first place in the 2018 Director’s Choice Award, CENTER and the third place in the LensCulture Exposure Awards of 2018. This project also was chosen as one of the finalists in the Photolucida 2017 Critical Mass competition.

Fazilat Soukhakian is an Iranian artist, photographer and scholar who is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Utah State University. She started her career as a photojournalist in Iran and became one of its few female photojournalists in a highly patriarchal society. She moved to the United States in 2011 and received her Master of Fine Arts degree and her Ph.D in Architectural History from the University of Cincinnati. She is a visual storyteller who reflects on the social and political issues of her surroundings as a means for social change and justice. Her work revolves around depicting the stories of bravery and strength of those marginalized by society, highlighting the act of overcoming struggle and inspiring others.

The event will be moderated by Kiana Farhoudi.

Born in 1983, Tehran, Iran. Experienced Freelance Photographer, essayist, and translator with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Skilled in Photography and history of photography and art, a keen enthusiast of mythology, psychology, anthology, comparative studies, editing, and Journalism. Strong media and communication professional with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) focused in Photography from University of Tehran.
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One Session
Dates: Monday, March 20, 12 pm – 1:30 pm PST, 2023
Admission: $15 Non-Members; $10 Members. Added donations are encouraged.

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