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Taravat Talepasand: Westoxicated @Zevitas Marcus Jan 7-Feb 25, 2017
January 7 @ 5:00 pm - February 25 @ 5:00 pm
“To create art, it is imperative for me to be vulnerable. Torment and twist—extract the truth from issues with which I need to deal. However, I believe that art has to possess an element of courage in order to provoke change—socially, intellectually and morally, most notable, in a world where ideas of culture, political and intellectual activities are evolving, but not without conflicts affecting generations to come.” – Taravat Talepasand
Exploring issues of freedom, dignity and social justice, Talepasand’s body of work speaks to the troubled, yet hopeful, differences between Iran and its women in today’s “modern” society. Drawing from her own Iranian heritage, Talepasand illustrates the uphill battle for demographic rights bred from the dangerous combination of consecrated conservatism bound with sexism, classism, racism and religious discrimination.
The exhibition will run at Zevitas Marcas until February 25 this year.
Talepasand is an Iranian American contemporary artist and educator based in San Francisco, California. She is best known for her paintings and sculptures addressing cultural taboos, displaying a juxtaposition of cultural stereotypes and expressing sexual freedom. Her works have been collected by the De Young Musuem and the Orange County Museum of Art.