After Party, 2016, Curated by: Pegah Vaezi and Fouladi Projects. Location: Fouladi Projects gallery, SF.
Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Video Installation by: Afshin Chizari, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Babak Kazemi, Elham Rokni and Aram Tahmasebi.
The title After Party refers to events that transpired after The Iranian Revolution. Artworks in the exhibition were created by artists born in Iran after 1979. The revolution started with a significant amount of excitement. However, many changes in a relatively short period of time have shaped a complex post revolutionary experience. Some of the artists grew up during the eight year-long Iran Iraq war while others have memories of immigration and dislocation. Then there is the hopeful and rebellious new internet generation - the Iranian millennials that the world has yet to see. Fouladi Projects gallery was pleased to present a group exhibition of thoughtful and vibrant artwork influenced by a nation that - because of regime change and sanctions - has been hidden away from the rest of the world for many years.
On the closing event of the exhibition, in collaboration with IAWF Norcal Chapter, the Cannes award-winning director, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, who had come all the way from Chicago, showed her short film, "When the Kid Was a Kid," and talked about her films, about her experiences during her film education in Iran, and about the similarities and differences between making films in two continents.