SFAI Equal Justice Residents, Sara Madandar and Minoosh Zomorodinia, are US-based artists from Iran. They will perform a participatory piece on May 22nd at 6:30pm at SFAI.
Sara Madandar will perform My Body Is My Home. This will be an hour and a half long presentation, Sara will perform for 15 minutes while also allowing space for the audience to engage in the overall presentation.
Memorial Lands is a participatory performance piece. Minoosh Zomorodinia as an immigrant looking for home by walking in different places. She takes maps of her walks around SFAI and creates a new place inside the gallery and marks the land by flags made of different materials. By using technology Minoosh Zomorodinia challenges notions of power and ownership— our ownership of technology and of the land itself. Audience are invited to join her and mark the land to create a territory by flags.
Sara Madandar received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in painting from Art and Architecture Azad University of Tehran. Her work is often about the relationship of humans to their bodies and covers. Her most recent accolade was an award from the Texas Visual Artists Association (TVAA) in their 2016 exhibition in Dallas. She has also won a 2015 award, curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol museum, from the Southeastern College Art Conference. Sara’s work has been featured in three solo shows in Austin, at venues such as Co-Lab, Mom Gallery, and Courtyard Gallery. Some of her work was also featured in Austin City Hall, Elizabeth Ney Museum and Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.
Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who employs video, photography, installations and performance to make visible for audiences the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind's eye in her surroundings. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity's relationship to the natural world. She has received several awards and residences and exhibited locally and internationally. She is currently Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts in the Bay Area.
Mar 19 to Mar 22
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami - 2017 - 114m - Iran - No Matinees
“Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema.” —Martin Scorsese
For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images—most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife—and digitally animated them into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.
“The chief pleasure of 24 Frames is how it attunes you to appreciate any movement, whether it's snow falling, waves crashing, or birds pecking the earth.” - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
“24 Frames immediately communicates the power of the theater experience, in the way that so many of Kiarostami's movies can.” - David Sims, The Atlantic
“In the seconds and minutes around the taking of a photograph, Kiarostami reminds us, the world changes, but mostly in increments.” - Scott Tobias, NPR
“How fitting that this lovely final film is one that could be enjoyed by fourth-graders as easily as the most knowledgeable of Kiarostami's admirers.” - Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
“Kiarostami remained a tireless innovator right up to the end, and it's fitting that he leaves us with a work so singular as to be almost unclassifiable.” - Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
There's an overwhelming consistency of imagery, process, and mood in 24 Frames, which makes the film feel very much like the considered work of a single artist.” - Stuart Klawans,The Nation
THE GUILD CINEMA
3405 CENTRAL AVE. NE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87106
Mar 9 to Mar 12
Friday to Monday 3:30, 8:15
Dir. Ali Soozandeh - 2017 - 96m - Germany, Austria - Farsi with English Subtitles
In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.
“A beautifully rotoscoped drama with intertwining stories set against the cognitively dissonant clash of Iran’s strict, theocratic society and the every-day realities of sex, drugs and corruption.” – Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times
“A spellbinding animated journey into the underbelly of Iranian society.” – E. Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post
“Visually striking. This wily account of 20-something Iranians negotiating an assault course of laws and prohibitions to get their kicks fizzes with energy and bad behaviour.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International
“An audacious debut. Explore[s] the highly charged theme of sexual and personal freedom in Iran without salaciousness.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“A transgressive explosion. Delivers a stunning penetration into the very disturbed hidden face of daily life in the Iranian capital.” – Fabien Lamercier, Cineuropa
THE GUILD CINEMA
3405 CENTRAL AVE. NE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87106
We would like to inform you that PBS channel will be broadcasting Mr. Sourena Sefati's interview on Saturday September 9, 2017 at 4.00 P.M.
Also, There will be a Concert at Global Albuquerque on Sarurday September 23, at 6:00.