Taraneh Hemami

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and living and working in San Francisco, Taraneh Hemami engages in diverse strategies including installation, object and media productions, collective and participatory projects to explore themes of displacement, preservation, and representation. Examining the careful crafting of images as propagated for power and political gain, Taraneh’s recent handcrafted replications of historical archives serve as commemoratives to events, places and people, while commenting on tools of manipulation and persuasion used across nations and histories. Her sources have varied from an image downloaded from a US governmental site for examination of perception and stereotyping in the Most Wanted series to a collection of banned books and propaganda of the Iranian underground movement that narrate the Iranian revolution in the Theory of Survival project. Taraneh’s conceptually driven works shift in material and presentation: shimmering shattered glass prayer rugs, laser cut wool carpet map of the city of Tehran, beaded curtains replicating governmental posters and postage stamps, a library of banned books. Her collective and curatorial projects create connections through experimental projects between artists, writers and scholars, while promoting and provoking dialog as part of their process and presentation, to explore various topics from martyrdom to the reflections of the everyday.

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