Pop up Exhibit: Aftab Committee @ Code Pink Summit on Peace with Iran
On View: December 1 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: 945 G Street Northwest Washington DC 20001
(Washington DC) Aftab Committee is pleased to announce our pop-up group exhibit at CODE PINK SUMMIT ON PEACE WITH IRAN. The exhibit features artwork by Iranian-American artists Ala Hashemi and Beeta Baghoolizadeh.
In this selection of artwork, Iranian-American artists highlight ways in which history, immigration, and individual identities are experienced through time, referencing and challenging perceived connections at this juncture in the context of a rich past and an unforeseeable future. American art has always thrived through the contributions of its immigrant artists. Aftab Committee’s pop up exhibits celebrates this dynamic tradition of diversity in America by showcasing the outstanding artistic contributions of a community often portrayed negatively. The pop-up exhibit demonstrates the rich stylistic and thematic variety of art being produced by the vibrant Iranian-American artist community.
Aftab Committee Pop Up Exhibit at CODE PINK SUMMIT ON PEACE WITH IRAN. December 1, 2018. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Artists will be present on the 29th for meet & greet.
About Ala Hashemi
Ala Hashemi’s work can be described as narrative impressionistic realism. Specializing in acrylic paint and charcoal, he began drawing at a young age and began selling professionally at age 16. Ala’s art has evolved over time to become more narrative. Though still maintaining figures as his prime subject matter, he is telling more stories, and his series are becoming more thematic. Drawing on his experience of growing up on three different continents, Ala’s work maintains the viewpoint of a familiar outsider – constantly reexamining that which is taken for granted. On a constant quest to push new boundaries, he is persistent in experimenting with his inspirations and artistic translations, and in pursuing ever more complicated compositions.
About Beeta Baghoolizadeh
Beeta Baghoolizadeh (PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania) is a historian, editor, and artist. Born in Los Angeles to Iranian immigrant parents, Beeta received her BA from UCLA and MA from UT Austin before pursuing her doctorate in the history of race and racism in modern Iran. She is an assistant professor in the Departments of History and Africana Studies at Bucknell University. She is currently working on her book project, which focuses on the moving racial boundaries of slavery and abolition during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Beeta is an editor of the Ajam Media Collective, an online space dedicated to issues concerning the broader Persianate world, and directs the Ajam Digital Archive. Her visual project (instagram: @diasporaletters) features scenes from the mundane and everyday in Iranian life. She is also working with an animator on her first short film.