Theory of Survival: Fabrications

When 5 Sep 2014 - 25 Oct 2014
Where Southern Exposure
3030 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
Enquiry (415) 863-2141

Participating Artists: Morehshin Allahyari, Ali Dadgar, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Arash Fayez, Hushidar Mortezaie, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sanaz Mazinani, Amitis Motevalli, Haleh Niazmand, Azin Seraj, Taravat Talepasand

Architectural Design by H.Majd Design Group

Fabrications is a pop-up bazaar drawing inspiration from a traditional Persian marketplace. Taraneh Hemami, in this latest iteration of her Theory of Survival project, invites twelve California-based Iranian artists to join her in engaging with Iranian political and cultural historical moments, exploring decades of collective activism and revolutionary actions inside Iran and in its larger diaspora.

As an ongoing project, Theory of Survival responds to current and historic issues evoked by a historical archive belonging to the library of the Iranian Students Association of Northern California, active from 1964 to 1982. Publications and documents from the archive reflect Iranian and Bay Area history during the critical years between the CIA coup and the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution.

Within a labyrinth of niches and patterned archways, the Fabrications bazaar is a site for gathering and exchange: market booths overflow with handmade and manufactured objects; a library boasts a growing collection of publications and archives; and a teahouse becomes a stage for performances, games and storytelling. The artists of Fabrications transform, exalt and comment on the commodification of the graphic imagery of underground protest culture, exploring a web of connections between past and current radical movements across the globe.

Opening Reception
Friday, September 5, 7–9pm

Saturday Bazaars
Saturdays, September 6–October 25, 12nn–6pm
Bargain, buy and share every Saturday. Artists are on site hawking mementos of resistance, leading workshops and discussing their work. Visitors can browse the library or bring books, materials and personal histories to share. Workshops on specific dates to be announced.

Night Markets
Saturday, September 27 & October 18, 6– 9pm
These evenings of marketplace activities include performances, music and readings by Bay Area artists inspired by current events and traditional bazaar and teahouse activities. Play backgammon with Gelare Khoshgozaran, watch a performance by Ali Dadgar, listen to a DJ set of revolutionary songs by Ala Ebtekar, see a traditional Persian Naghali storytelling performance by Arash Fayez, amongst others.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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