Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

I'm just a person with a good eye who happens to work with mirrors.
~ Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmain

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian is featured in a new documentary, Monir, about her return in 2004 to Tehran, Iran, after a 30-year exile. The 54-minute documentary, by Bahman Kiarostami, was screened recently during the 2016 Iranian Film Festival. (It has been shown at many film festivals and at such venues at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and  the ICA in London.) In addition to archival footage, the film includes interviews with the artist and those who know her, examines her artistic influences and creative process (in particular, her conceptual use of mirror mosaics to uncover her past), and her reasons for returning to the Middle East.

The film is in English and Farsi.

Here is the film's trailer:

My thanks to Broad Strokes blog and Hyperallergic for the link.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmain on FaceBook

Read Bridey Heing's article, "A Portrait of an Iranian Artist Who Went Home After 25 years in Exile", at Hyperallergic (February 17, 2016). 

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