“When asked what informs and inspires her, Monir replies: ‘Everything. Traveling, being born here in Iran, seeing mirror works in Shiraz, the mosques, the palaces—everything.'” – Monir Farmanfarmaian, Internationally-renowned contemporary Iranian artist (FvF)
#SeeYouinIran is thrilled to be organizing a second See You for Today’s Art gallery tour in which we’ll be focusing on the work of pioneering Iranian artist, Monir Farmanfarmaian, and exploring how she pacifistically expressed her voice for the past 70 years of Iranian history.
See You for Today’s Art participants will meet at the See You in Iran Hostel at 3:00 pm on Friday, February 23rd for an informative presentation about Farmanfarmaian by our creative director Mina Jazayeri. From there attendees will go to the Farmanfarmaian museum at the 200-year-old architectural landmark Negarestan Garden where they will be given an English-language introduction to Farmanfarmaian’s signature mirror mosaics, abstract monotypes and reverse glass paintings.
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“Room Full of Mirrors”
“Alive with the kinetic potential in the mirror’s power to reflect, and in that of glass to refract, Monir’s works present a world wherein everything is moving to transformative effect. One assumes, when standing before one of her pieces, a central, essentially performative role in invigorating and enervating its surface; and yet, there is a sense, too, that the world as one knows it becomes something of an ‘other’, a fragmented futuristic fantasy of ethereal import. It is an entirely immersive and wonderfully kaleidoscopic experience, which, while ‘it takes your mood’, to quote the artist, encourages new ways of seeing as well as an appreciation of the intangible and transfiguring power of light. Light and life-affirming, unique and yet peculiarly universal, Monir’s work, inherent in which is the legacy of Iranian geometric design elucidated to make art purely for art’s sake, is inspired by her history, her childhood, and the ‘feeling’ of her eyes and her heart.”
Baird, Nicola. “Room Full of Mirrors.” Reorient Magazine. 2015 January 2. http://www.reorientmag.com/2015/01/monir-farmanfarmaian/