through May 23, 2015
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“To create art, it is imperative for me to be vulnerable. Torment and twist – extract the truth from issues with which I need to deal. However, I believe that art has to possess an element of courage in order to provoke change – socially, intellectually, and morally, most notable, in a world where ideas of culture, political, and intellectual activities are evolving, but not without conflicts affecting generations to come.”
beta pictoris gallery is excited to announce Taravat Talepasand - Not an Arab Spring, the artist's first exhibition with the gallery.
As an Iranian woman living in America, Talepasand uses the work in Not an Arab Spring to explore how women navigate the myriad boundaries between East and West. Women’s bodies become surfaces imprinted with the uncertainties left by social and political upheaval, using the human figure as a treacherous place between narrative and introspection.
The exhibition title, Not an Arab Spring, reflects on the impossibility of reconciling words, images, and objects as subjects. These new works develop a dialogue between artist and viewer questioning the contortions of cultural associations and how they cross boundaries, what is tolerable and taboo, and the fine line between what is real and imagined. In the post-Internet world, Talepasand reminds us how “All eras seem to exist at once” and then challenges familiar perceptions, paradigms, cognitive processes, and their associated relationships, hopefully leaving the viewer pondering these ever-conflicting messages. “The relevance of Talepasand’s work and her Not an Arab Spring exhibition,” beta pictoris gallery owner Guido Maus explains, “lays in the clear stand she takes on condemning the unacceptable system in which women are caught up in in the Middle East, and ultimately, in the West as well.”
In 2011, opposition groups in Iran requested permission from the government to protest. The Ministry of Interior not only refused, but also increased crackdowns on activists and the opposition parties. Talepasand considers her Not an Arab Spring as a reaction against the “Rationalism” of hope and disappointment of Iran and the Arab Spring, touching on issues of freedom, dignity, and social justice.
Talepasand (b. 1979) earned her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her works can be found in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, the Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA, as well as a number of private collections. Talepasand was awarded the 2010 Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship.