Looking forward to the reception Friday and artist talk Saturday for this exhibit of work I’ve put together through my From The Mouth of the Lion project! We just got picked for a Philadelphia Weekly First Friday pick of the week!
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Taking its title from Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad’s 1950s piece Call to Arms, this multimedia exhibition unites the work of two innovative Iranian artists—Mona Shomali (New York) and Haleh Jamali (U.K.)— whose work aims to challenge Eastern and Western notions of female identity. Highlighting the radical extremes of tradition and modernity that Iranian Americans like herself face, Shomali will be displaying several paintings from her Naked Folklore collection, which captures Iranian women in colorful, nude portraits. These will be juxtaposed by two, single-stream video installations by Jamali, who uses a combination of painting and video in her work. In one of her videos, a woman locks eyes with viewers, maintaining a stagnant facial expression as her clothing, accessories and hairstyle change by the second. In the other, a woman fights to break free from the veil that covers her entire body. Ultimately, the audience is asked to not only consider the preconceived liberated/oppressed dichotomy, but how women of all ethnicities are often defined by their external appearance. 6pm. Through April 26. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. asianartsinitiative.org