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Iranian Identity and Expression in Art

12 Sep

Hadieh Shafie, an Iranian-born artist who incorporates Farsi calligraphy and repeating patterns into her art, is currently exhibiting her work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

AAM takes a closer look at Shafie’s work with a visit to her studio and an exploration of the links between identity and expression.

http://www.americaabroadmedia.org/resources/insight/?re=iranian_identity_and_expression_in_art

Hadieh Shafie Interview in Farsi

6 Sep

This video was filmed for Voice of America in Farsi. It has wonderful documentation of her recent solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art, The Sweet Turning of the Page.  Visit  http://www.mortonfineart.com  for available artwork by this internationally renowned Iranian-born artist.  Another interview in English will be featured in next week’s MFA blog.

DC Magazine July 2011 Article on MFA’s Hadieh Shafie

7 Jul

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All Wound Up

Local Artist Hadieh Shafie is on a roll, showing to packed galleries in DC and abroad

By Tiffany Jow

At the recent opening of Hadieh Shafie’s solo show at Washington’s Morton Fine Art (mortonfineart.com), the gallery was filled to the gills with patrons keen to glimpse the rising star. Surrounded by her most recent body of work – assemblages of thousands of tiny hand-dyed, meticulously wound paper scrolls- the artist revelled in the reveal of the pieces that have earned her international attention.

At 42, the Baltimore-based, DC-represented talent finds herself suddenly center stage, having been short-listed for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s esteemed Jameel Prize, an international award for creatives roused by Islamic traditions of craft and design. The London megapost crowns a winner every two years, with Iraqi starchitect Zaha Hadid as the prize’s patron. In July, Shafie’s 3-D scroll works will be included in a two-month exhibition of all 10 contenders at the V&A. If she wins the gold in September, her pieces will travel around the world, gaining intense international exposure.

In the limelight or not, the tenderness comprising each of Shafie’s creations demands a closer look. For each work, she tirelessly inscribes the word eshghe (the Farsi word for “love”) onto every inch of the thin paper strips dyed at the edges and curled into tight circles. Their titles – “10250 Pages”, “12001 Pages,” and “22500 Pages”- reflect the number of paper strips within each opus. Unlike the iconic hoops of Jasper Johns and Kenneth Noland, Shafie’s wheels are spun using method, repetition and time, all rooted in the artistic sway of her native Iran. “The language of love is reflected in Hadieh’s work,” says the V&A’s Salma Tuqan, a co-curator for the Jameel Prize exhibition. “It’s the story of its creation and meditative process that allows the work to breathe and take on life.”

Having moved from Iran to Maryland at 14, Shafie was consistently encouraged to pursue her creativity. “Even in the most difficult economic times, my mom would take me across town to study with a private art teacher,” says Shafie, who went on to attend Pratt Institute School of Art and Design.

“One of my fondest childhood memories is decorating cookies with my grandmother, placing little dots of saffron in the center,” she says. That same power of repetition is echoed in her contemporary scrolls, whose methodical nature makes for creative addiction. “It’s so much about control, while simultaneously letting go and leaving things to chance,” she says.

Shafie’s representation at MFA, which she gleaned after owner and chief curator Amy Morton tapped her for a pop-up exhibition last year, is testament to why she’s on the radar of the international circuit. “Hadieh’s artistic identity is authentic, resourceful and culturally enhanced,” Morton says.

The artist’s global credentials have also caught the eye of several District collectors, who just can’t get enough. “Hadieh represents all that is wonderful about DC as a thriving art destination,” Morton says. “Its inspiring to see an artist span nationally and internationally, both in terms of collector acquisition and recognition.” In many ways, then, Shafie has already won the prize.

Hadieh Shafie on V&A shortlist for Jameel Prize 2011

17 Mar
Hadieh Shafie, '1890', 30"x30"x3", paper, ink, acrylic, printed & handwritten Farsi text

Hadieh Shafie, '1890', 30"x30"x3", paper, ink, acrylic, printed & handwritten Farsi text

I am very proud to announce that MFA artist Hadieh Shafie has been shortlisted for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s prestigious Jameel Prize 2011.  Nearly 200 nominations for the Jameel Prize 2011 were received and a panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Sir Mark Jones, selected the shortlist of 10 artists and designers.  The exhibition of artworks will be on view at the V&A from 21 July to 25 September, 2011. The winner of the Jameel Prize will be announced on 12 September 2011.

Hadieh Shafie (Baltimore, b. Iran) will show two new works, 22500 (2011) and 26000 Pages (2011) which are a continuation of her signature paper scroll series.  Made up of 22,500 and 26,000 strips of paper, each scroll is marked with printed and hand-written Farsi text, then tightly rolled into concentric circled, concealing or revealing different elements. Shafie’s paper scroll works demonstrate a constant element of her work which is the significance of process, repetition and time, all rooted in the influence of Islamic art and craft.

Launched in 2009, the Jameel Prize is an  international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design.  The prize was conceived after the renovation of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in 2006. The gallery is an outstanding presentation of the rich artistic heritage of the Islamic world, and the prize aims to raise awareness of the thriving interaction between contemporary practice and this great historical heritage.  The Jameel Prize 2011 exhibition will embark on an international tour, beginning at the Istitut du Monde Arabe in Paris (France) and then traveling to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Damascus (Syria), Beiteddine (Lenanon), Sharjah (UAE), Istanbul (Turkey) and Casablanca (Morocco).

Other shortlisted artists include: Noor Ali Chagani, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Bita Ghezelayagh, Babak Golkar, Hayv Kahraman, Aisha Khalid, Rachid Koraichi, Hazem El Mestikawy and Soody Sharifi.

Hadieh Shafie, '12003', 30"x30"x3", paper, ink, acrylic, printed & handwritten Farsi text

Hadieh Shafie, '12003', 30"x30"x3", paper, ink, acrylic, printed & handwritten Farsi text

Hadieh Shafie, '12003' (detail)

Hadieh Shafie, '12003' (detail)