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PATTERNS OF INTIMACY

Mona Shomali is a U.S.-based artist. She was born in California in 1979. She began painting seriously at 15 years old after being introduced to nude life drawing classes sponsored by the Berkeley Artists Guild.

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Shahram Karimi

Shahram was born in 1957 Shiraz, and he is a painter and film production designer. He has extensive experience working within the film production department on a film crew for 15 years. He has worked from a very early conceptual process collaborating with Iranian artists and filmmakers; Shirin Neshat and Shoji Azari on many film projects. Their film "Women Without Men" won the 2009 Venice Film Festival, Silver Lion, for best directing. Shahram worked closely with director Richard Raymond on the movie "Desert Dancer".

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Borders

Farnoush was born in Iran but she lives and works in London. She graduated from the Art Academy London in July 2019. Her work has been influenced by Iran's revolution, war, religion, and political situation. Her practice consists of installation and performance art in which she explores different materials from organic to man-made, using religious and cultural symbols. Her material language encompasses human hair, fabric, feather, metal, clay, concrete, ice, tarmac, and read-made objects which she uses to create tensions and relationships between organic and non-organic matter.

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Interview with Bita Fayyazi

Rather than a sculptor, installation artist, or ceramicist engaged in a somewhat mystic relationship with her materials, Bita Fayyazi (b. 1962, Iran) is an artist who works within a more performative and markedly social practice. Beginning in the mid-1990s, her artistic interventions challenged the official definitions of art that were often circulated in Tehran at that time. Fayyazi struggled to show her work amidst an atmosphere of traditionalism, academics, and the influx of 1990s conceptual art from abroad.

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