Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video
Entry Deadline: 8/25/18
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 1
Contemporary youth culture in Iran or in the Iranian diaspora
June 11- August 24, 2018
January 27 – May 5, 2019
January 26, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video is a biennial juried exhibition of photography and video works organized by the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) of Los Angeles and Farhang Foundation to feature artists whose works explore themes related to Iranian culture. The theme of Focus Iran 3 is youth culture in Iran or in the Iranian diaspora
Approximately 40 selected photographs and videos will be displayed in a group exhibition to take place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum from January 27 to May 5, 2019, with an opening reception to take place on January 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 and a print advertisement in ArtForum will be awarded to the top three selections.
The competition is free to enter. Selected artists will be determined from among all eligible entries received and reviewed by a panel of qualified judges. The jurors will consider pertinence to Iranian youth culture, skill, artistic vision, and impact in the selection process.JURORS
Mehrdad Afsari is a photographer, documentary film director, and video artist based in Tehran, Iran. He has advanced degrees in photography from Tehran University of Art and has been a professor of arts since 2004. He is an honorary member of Iranian Visual Artists Society. He has had fourteen solo exhibitions, including at Mohsen Gallery in Tehran and Etemad Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Paris Photo in France (2009), Contemporary Istanbul in Turkey (2010), Queens Museum of Art in New York (2011), and PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai in China (2016). He is an honorary member of Iranian Visual Artists Society, and his work is in the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.
Aria Eghbal is a professional painter and founder of Aria Gallery in Tehran, Iran. As an artist, she has been subject of four solo gallery exhibitions and part of over fifty group presentations both inside and outside of Iran. She established Aria Gallery in 1991 and presents contemporary Iranian painters, sculptors, photographers, and jewelry artists, among others. As an educator, she co-founded Mahe-Mehr Cultural and Art Institute to fill a perceived gap in the government-led art education, particularly awareness of art theory and criticism. She is also a co-founder of Dena Art Group, which advocates for Iranian women artists in Iran and abroad.
Holly Jerger is the exhibitions curator at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also taught. She has served on the boards of the Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC) and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.
Amanda Maddox is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2011, she has organized or co-organized numerous exhibitions at the Getty, including Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante (2017); Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows (2015); Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful (2014); and Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto (2013).
Please do not send your entry directly to CAFAM or Farhang Foundation, or you will be disqualified.
Finalists will be notified by email on or approximately October 15, 2018. Selected photographs and videos will be produced by CAFAM for exhibition display. Selected artists will be required to send a high-resolution copy of their selected work to Focus Iran’s Hightail account.
Photographs must not exceed 36-inches on the longest side (i.e. 36x20, 36x24, or 36x36) at 300dpi, saved either as a TIFF or a Photoshop file.
Videos must be saved and uploaded as MP4 or MOV files @720p resolution with h.264 encoding.
All works must be uploaded to Hightail no later than 11:59PM MST on October 30, 2018; a late submission may result in disqualification.
Finalists who are unable to meet the above requirements must contact Sasha Ali (email@example.com) at CAFAM to make alternative arrangements. Non-compliance with this time period or with these Rules of Entry may result in disqualification.RETURN OF ARTWORK
Upon the completion of the exhibition at CAFAM, the Artist can elect one of the following options:
Please contact Alireza Ardekani, executive director of Farhang Foundation, for sponsorship opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.QUESTIONS AND INFO
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