Power in Every Thread: Maria A. Guzmán Capron and Minga Opazo | ART IRAN: Falling into Language
5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Ends May 5, 2024
Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions ART IRAN: Falling in Language and Power in Every Thread: Maria A. Guzmán and Minga Opazo. https://artsvp.com/17de94 Power in Every Thread: Maria A. Guzmán Capron and Minga Opazo presents two artists, Maria A. Guzmán Capron and Minga Opazo, whose use of textiles unite them in an exhibition featuring a range of impressive two- and three-dimensional works. Minga’s work draws attention to environmental degradation caused by textile waste, while Maria’s aims to highlight awareness of multicultural identities to empower those who step out of so-called societal norms. Both artists recycle fabrics, transforming them into unique forms of expression—their destination rerouted from the landfill to museums, galleries, or collector’s homes. Curated by Alma Ruiz.  ____ ART IRAN: Falling into Language presents nine diaspora Iranian artists who engage diverse forms of the Persian alphabet, handwriting, text, and fragments as a way to remain connected to their cultural inheritance. Through the use of Persian script in painting, geometric patterning, and installation, the artists maintain a solid relationship to the Persian language as a visual and symbolic component to longing for a homeland and unity beyond borders. Throughout, political upheavals affect the diaspora and notions of identity. Despite their efforts, assimilation is never complete; all these artists remain foreigners worldwide. However, what they bring into this new state of alienation might ultimately describe a different kind of cosmopolitanism—precisely because it belongs nowhere, it is at home everywhere. The text in these works is not necessarily there to be read. It is instead there to be seen. In many ways, the audience’s inability to read these letters captures the in-between state that is the artists’ daily reality. In Persian culture’s relationship to the written language, written words are often conflated with the senses and are not purely a matter of intellect. Curated by Roshanak Ghezelbash and Hoda Rahbarnik. Exhibition artists: Parastou Forouhar, Taraneh Hemami, Hadieh Shafie, Maryam Palizgir, Shadi Yousefian, Neda Moridpour, Pouya Afshar, Elnaz Javani, and Golnar Adili. A collaboration between Farhang Foundation and the Craft Contemporary provided support for this group exhibition.