FOCUS IRAN 2: Call For Submissions (English)

May 2, 2016
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Craft & Folk Art Museum And Farhang Foundation Announce Call For Submissions For Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Photography And Video


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LOS ANGELES - The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation announce a call for submissions for Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video, the second biennial international juried exhibition of contemporary photography and video works relating to Iranian culture and heritage. The exhibition is an opportunity to expose and feature emerging and mid-career photographers and media artists from around the world. Approximately 40 selected photographs and videos will be displayed in a group exhibition to take place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum from January 29 to May 7, 2017 and at the University of California, Irvine's Viewpoint Gallery from September 16 to October 13, 2017. An opening reception for the Los Angeles exhibition will take place on Saturday, January 28 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. followed by a reception in Irvine on Saturday September 16, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

"The overwhelming success of Focus Iran in 2015 inspired us to create a second iteration of Focus Iran 2. We felt that we could take our collaboration with Farhang Foundation forward, attracting an even wider and more engaged group of international photographers and videographers. Be prepared to be awestruck," says CAFAM Executive Director Suzanne Isken.

"It has been such a thrill to once again collaborate with the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Focus Iran 2. The past success of this program demonstrated to us the tremendous need for such an exhibition, and Farhang Foundation is proud to once again help create a platform for artists worldwide to showcase contemporary art relating to Iran," says Amirali Angha, Chair of Farhang Foundation's Fine Arts Council.

Artists 18 years of age and older are invited to apply between June 1 and August 8, 2016. A distinguished panel of jurors will consider each photograph or video submission's pertinence to Iranian culture and heritage, skill, artistic vision, and impact. Only digital format entries will be eligible, with either one photograph or one video entry per artist. All entries will be processed through the free online service CaFÉ at Entries that are sent directly to the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) or the Farhang Foundation will be disqualified.

Selected photographs and videos will be printed and framed or transferred to DVD by the Craft & Folk Art Museum for exhibition display. The complete rules of submission can be found at

Claudia James Bartlett  Claudia James Bartlett has managed and dealt art in several galleries, beginning with Larry Gagosian. She has intermittently worked for Artforum as a West Coast Representative and, in 2002 with her husband Peter, founded the Hayworth Gallery, which effectively championed the work of young emerging artists. From 2013-2016 she directed the Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles. Presently, she directs and co-owns the annual photographic exposition photo l.a., as well as the photo competition FOCUS photo l.a. She also works in conjunction with her husband as an art advisor.

Reza Deghati

Photo by
Tim Mantoani

Reza Deghati, known as REZA is a renowned photojournalist who has worked all over the world, most notably for National Geographic. His assignments have taken him to over a hundred countries as a witness to humanity's conflicts and catastrophes. His work has been featured in international media, including Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, and Paris Match, as well as in a series of books, exhibitions, and documentaries for National Geographic Channel. Since 1983 Reza has been a volunteer committed to the training of youths and women from conflict-ridden societies in the language of images, to help them strive for a better world. Author of twenty-nine books, and a recipient of many awards over the course of his career, he is a Fellow (2006-2012) and Explorer of the National Geographic Society since 2013, and a Senior Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation. His work has been recognized by World Press Photo and has received numerous awards, including the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography and a Lucie Award. France has also appointed him a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.

Holly Jerger  Holly Jerger is the Exhibitions Curator at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also taught. She has served on the boards of the Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC) and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.

Arpad Kovacs Arpad Kovacs is Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently working on a solo exhibition of work by the English photographer Richard Learoyd, scheduled to open August 30, 2016, and an exhibition about artists who mine the news media for their subject. He received his Master of Arts degree in art history from York University, and his Bachelor of Arts in the same field from Queen's University.

Steve McCurry

Photo by
Bruno Barbey

Steve McCurry has been an iconic figure in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. He studied cinematography at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a newspaper. After two years, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. After several months of travel, he crossed the border into Pakistan and met a group of refugees from Afghanistan, who smuggled him across the border into their country just as the Russian invasion was closing the country to Western journalists. McCurry's images were among the first to show the world the brutality of the Russian invasion, including his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl.

McCurry has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest.

Ali Akbar Sadeghi

Photo by
Newsha Tavakolian

Ali Akbar Sadeghi was born in 1937 and graduated from the College of Art, University of Tehran. He is one of the most prolific and successful Iranian painters and artists and has been active for 60 years. In his evocative paintings, he draws on the rich traditions of Persian art, with a surreal edge that involves dizzying spatial manipulations and startling combinations of real and fantastical objects, producing breathtaking kaleidoscopes of color and form. He has produced seven animated films and has won more than 30 awards at international film festivals such as C.I.D.A.L.C (Gandhi Peace Prize) and the London Film Festival. In 1989 he founded Sabz Gallery in Tehran, which promoted the works of Iranian painters until 2003. He established a permanent workspace and atelier in 2011, which continuously showcases works belonging to different periods of Sadeghi's long professional life. In total, he has participated in over 50 individual and group exhibitions and auctions, published over eight volumes of books, and juried over 10 international biennial exhibitions.

Newsha Tavakolian Newsha Tavakolian is a documentary photographer who began working professionally in the Iranian press at the age of 16 at a women's daily newspaper called Zan. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country's blossoming reformist movement. She later joined the New York based agency Polaris Images. In 2002, she began working internationally, and has since covered regional conflicts and natural disasters, as well as made social documentaries in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Yemen. Her work is published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, and The New York Times Magazine. She has shown her work internationally in museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the British Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz, Mehregan, and Shab-e Yalda, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info, please visit


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The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles' only institution exclusively dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft, design, and folk art. Located on the city's historic Museum Row since 1965, CAFAM's dynamic exhibitions feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful and provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM's regular programs and events provide opportuities for the public to participate in artmaking and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, visit