The Aftab Committee is a 501 (c) (3)nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Iranian-American Artists and Art.
Persian Folklore Lecture Series by Asma Khoshmehr
Persian Folklore lecture series by Asma Khoshmehr at George Washington University starting late summer of 2016. Further details coming soon. To view our other planned events for the year please click here.
George Washington University
The Aftab Committee is the result of a pioneer effort made in Washington DC to promote renowned and emerging Iranian-American artists and Iranian art. With an excellent track record so far, the Aftab Committee achieved its goal to place up high the work of Iranian-American artists with innovative aesthetic proposals. Now transformed in a versatile project, the Aftab Committee empowers Iranian-American artists from all mediums. Going further and wider with a more direct approach to artists and art lovers, the Aftab Committee devotes itself to empowering Iranian-American artists to increase understanding, appreciation, and exposure of their art. Our existence is made possible by donations from supporters like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
“I had a chance to have Aftab organize a Q&A screening of my movie in DC. From the moment we starting working on the event they were professional and totally on top of it. It was a pleasure to work with them and I would do it again in a heart beat!”
“Before my trip, I was told that immigration for artists is a double edge sword, not because there is no path back to my homeland, nor because of the distance and homesickness, and not because of having to start over in life! Rather, I heard that immigration had caused the poet to be self-destructive, the assiduous writer to be lethargic, and great film directors to be quiescent.
I asked why and I was told immigration for artists is a dreadful limbo between ones past that you have turned their back to and the future you are have in front of you. That the present perishes in ones past artwork, the labyrinth of time keeps leading back to the distant path, and the memoirs and the frequent reiterations of ones audience becomes transient.
With all these said to me, I packed my bags and I began this journey. I don’t know if times had changed or if I was just lucky because not only did I not subdue to wistful longing but rather a compassionate hand was extended to me. I could not believe that a organization in the United States existed that focused on empowering newly arrived artists. Aftab (Committee) provided me an opportunity to showcase my artwork and for me to show who I am to a society I was not familiar of, and to a people I did not speak the same language with!
I thank each and every member of the Aftab Committee, my compatriots, and those who supported me, who came to my art exhibit, and who listened to this newly arrived artist. I hope Aftab (Committee) shines so bright in the future that its sunlight reaches all newly arrived artists and becomes a source of energy for creating immortal artworks!”
“Of course I appreciate very much having my work being recognized by the Aftab Committee. Importantly, I wanted to thank them for supporting myself and my art.
I also wish to thank Aftab Committee for all the useful information and advice they gave me about being an artist here in the United States. I’m positive Aftab Committee will continue being more successful by empowering artists in the future.”
"Art is a well respected and serious part of the Chicago cultural scene. People from all walks of life come in droves to art shows regardless of distance or weather. Chicagoans support artists that speak with an authentic voice. It affords a certain amount of freedom to pursue that which inspires you."
Join us on May 1st, 2016 for Contemporary Iranian Art: From the Street to the Studio. Aftab book club promises great food, drinks, a comfortable atmosphere and great discussion. For more information, click here!
“As the first images, these defiant and imposing women in the “Listen” series encourage viewers to participate in a larger cultural discourse when looking at the rest of the exhibition. The collection is filled with interwoven narratives and personal stories about modern life in Iran and the Arab world, challenging the Western media’s dominant portrayal of Middle Eastern women as “marginalized.”
"Confronted with the Ottoman threat, the Saffavid rulers’ agenda to build a strong centralized nation-state influenced the development of the arts in the sense that a new unitary style emerged, combining preexisting elements of Timurids from Herat and the Turkmans from Tabriz, respectively representing Iran’s eastern and western halves."
"As early as 5 B.C during the Achaemenid dynasty’s rule, the Zoroastrian priests used chanting in their religious ceremonies. In the aftermath of the Achaemenids’ decline, the Sassanid dynasty that ruled from the 3 C.E. to 7 C.E. served as a benevolent patron for the arts."
“I’ve found that purpose is almost crucial in artwork. I know art can also be used for therapeutic reasons, but in the context of the work of an artist, I have found that ambition has proven to make for the most impactful and inspirational work. Otherwise the work becomes trivial.”