School of Orientalism and African Study, University of London, Centre for Iranian Studies.

Date: 7 March 2011Time: 7:00 PM
Finishes: 7 March 2011Time: 9:00 PM. Venue: University of London, SOAS, Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Director Robert Adanto (2010), US. Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor examines the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. It features Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar, Haleh Anvari, Sara Rahbar, Leila Pazooki, Afshan Ketabchi, Malekeh Nayiny, Gohar Dashti, Pooneh Maghazehe, and Taravat Talepasand. The film challenges stereotypes and caricatures obscuring the vibrant and robust culture in Iran and its diaspora. Facing issues of identity, gender, and social restrictions, the artists featured in Pearls on the Ocean Floor speak with a compelling quiet reserve and a striking boldness. Their work reveals encounters between religion and secular modernity, change and tradition, contemporary life and history.

Discussants: Chili Hawes, director, October Gallery; Sara Shamsawari, artist; Azadeh Fatehrad, Iranian contemporary artist; Fari Bradley, Iranian arts broadcaster; Malu Halasa, writer.