Focus Iran 3 - Winners Announced

Focus Iran 3 banner


January 27 - May 12, 2019

Opening reception: January 26, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Focus Iran 3 offers views into the lives of contemporary Iranian youth through photography and video

LOS ANGELES - November 15, 2018 - The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation present the juried exhibition Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video. Focus Iran is a series of biennial exhibitions that features distinctive perspective about Iran through photography and video works. This year's theme puts a lens on Iranian youth culture. An international panel of jurors selected forty-two photographs and videos that will be displayed in a group exhibition from January 27 to May 12, 2019, with an opening reception VIP donor reception and prize ceremony to take place on January 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will continue to the University of California, Irvine's Viewpoint Gallery from October 5 to November 5, 2019.

2018 1015 Brotherhood 2018 1015 Bepar 2018 1015 Kiss

The Brotherhood

Hushidar Mortezaei & Jiyan Zandi


Labkhand Olfatmanesh & Gazelle Samizay

The Kiss

Milad Karamooz

The artists selected for the exhibition reside mostly in Iran or the United States, with some residing in countries such as Canada, France, Italy, and Portugal. Each were selected for their multi-faceted and intriguing views into young Iranians and how they navigate their lives. Some portraits reveal personal style or street fashion, while others show time spent participating in leisure activities such as sport or music. Other works explore queer identity and gender representations, as well as the relationship that youth have with religion, family, and the state.The top three cash prize winners are a photograph by Hushidar Mortezaie and Jiyan Zandi ($3,000); a video work by Labkhand Olfatmanesh and Gazelle Samizay ($2,000; and a photograph by Milad Karamooz ($1,000).

The jury panel consisted of prominent Iranian photographers Mehrdad Afsari, Babak Tafreshi, and Maryam Zandi; Iranian cinematographer and director Seifollah Samadian; the J. Paul Getty Museum's associate curator of photography Amanda Maddox; Iranian gallerist and educator Aria Eghbal; and CAFAM exhibitions curator Holly Jerger.

The other selected artists for the group exhibition are Pouya Afshar, Mahsa Alikhani, Farzad Ariannejad & Shaghayegh Marzban, Ali Bagheri, Parna Baharali, Bahar Behbahani, Linda Dorigo, Mozhgan Erfani, Maryam Firuzi, Maseeh Ganjali, Anahid Ghorbani, Payam Ghorbani, Milad Haddadiyan, Bahador Hadizadeh, Hamed Heydari, Changiz Jalayer, Babak Kanaani, Mehdi Kazemi Boomeh, Ghazaleh Keshavarz, Fatemeh Khajehnouri, Reza Khodayar, Saman Khosravi, Sanaz Khosravi, Hamed Kolahchian Tabrizi, Sheida Koufigar, Negar Latifian, Seyed Shahabeddin Montazeri, Mona Morsi, Parham Pashaei, Ehsan Rahimpour, Maryam Rassapour, Arash Rod, Reza Rohani, Samira Roostaie, Hadi Safari, Farzad Shad, Majid Shahrabi, Ghazal Sheei, Sepideh Salehi & Kamran Taherimoghaddam, and Morteza Teimouri.

"This year's work is the strongest to date as the focus on youth culture has opened a door to imagination and social reporting that combines the fresh and ancient in an extraordinary way," says CAFAM executive director Suzanne Isken.

"Focus Iran 3 is bringing to Los Angeles the vibrant energy of Iranian youth; a lot of uncertainty about their future, but still hopeful, fun, progressive, and ready to be a part of the larger global village," says Amirali Angha, chair of the Farhang Foundation Fine Arts Council.

An opening reception for Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video will take place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


This exhibition is made possible by the support of Farhang Foundation and generous support by presenting sponsors the Gramian-Emrani Family Foundation, Farhad Mohit and Nushin Sabet and Ali Razi. Major donor ADVOCARTSY.


CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition, including CraftLab family workshops on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Details can be found at


A fully illustrated catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. Catalogues will be available for purchase in-store and online at

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 Miracle Mile 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 opportunities for the public to participate in artmaking and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, visit

Farhang Foundation is a nonreligious, nonpolitical and nonprofit 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 and cultural activities in Southern California by funding university programs, diverse cultural programs such as the celebrations of Nowruz, Shab-e Yalda as well as musical performances, film screenings and festivals in Southern California.

Craft & Folk Art Museum
Location: 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Admission: FREE every Sunday
Regularly: $9 for adults; $7 for students, teachers, and seniors; free for CAFAM members
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. Every first Thursday of the month, extended hours 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.