Azadeh Tajpour Print

azadeah tajpour 2September 9 - December 20, 2013
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Artist Talk
September 26 | 7pm
Mills Gallery

Shifting Borders: Artist Round-Table Discussion
Monday, November 25 | 7pm
Mills Gallery

Join us for a round-table conversation with BCA Artist Resident Azadeh Tajpour and artists Shirin Mazaffari and Parastoo Ahovan.

Three Iranian-born artists discuss issues raised by their artwork, including the shifting border between "us" and "other" for artists exploring personal history in the context of international events.

Presented in conjunction with Tajpour's current project at the BCA, utilizing images of late 19th century Iranian women found in Harvard's digital archive "Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran," these artists will talk about strategies and challenges involved with the use of archival material in art-making, examine changing views of ethnography and gender, and question authenticity and ambiguity in representation.

Audience participation in the conversation is invited and encouraged.

Tajpour’s current project, Shifting Context, grows out of her involvement in “Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran,” a Harvard University digital archive project. Tajpour’s research led her to uncover late 19th and early 20th century photographs and texts describing Iranian women of this era. The representations of these women in the archives raised questions for Tajpour about the nature of meaning as gleaned from historical records and archives, and about how to build a sense of engagement and context from such sources. These questions will inform her multi-media project at the BCA.

Tajpour’s past work includes a study of the 2009-2010 upheavals in Tehran as captured by protestors (often with phone cameras) running in the midst of conflict or from a place of hiding. This work has taken the form of paintings that freeze moments of turmoil, as well as video and installation works that examine the layers of mediation that inform political and personal consciousness.

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Azadeh Tajpour received a BS in Physics from Sharif University. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where she received an MA in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has lived and worked in Somerville, MA since 2010. She has received awards from the Somerville Art Council, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Armory Center for the Arts and CE & Bertha Harsh.

Tajpour has participated in an Art Omi residency and exhibited at CSU Long Beach, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, McNish Gallery and Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University East Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery and LAAA Gallery 825, among others. She will participate at the 31st International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint- Paul, Québec, Canada in August 2013. Her recent video installation will be exhibited in the Open West in the United Kingdom in 2013.

Image credit: Azadeh Tajpour, Untitled, Digital print on Vellum, 8.5 x 11 in., 2013