On Thursday, January 20, 7:30-9:30 pm, 18th Street Arts Center is proud to present four exhibitions highlighting their award-winning International Visiting Artist Program.
In the 18th Street Gallery a provocative and groundbreaking exhibit, Postcards from Tehran, a collaboration with the Aaran Gallery of Tehran, Iran, curated by Nazilla Noebashari will be presented. Breaking down the barriers of political prejudice, the show will be the first Los Angeles exhibition of works by five Iranian artists in conjunction with works by two artists from California who migrated from Iran. The artists include Arash Fayez, Siamak Filizadeh, Hadi Nasiri, Behrang Samadzadeghan, Behnam Kamrani, Barbad Golshiri and Jinoos Taghizadeh. They are joined in this collaboration by Iranian-American artists, Ala Ebtekar and Amitis Motevalli.
In our Pasillos Gallery we will feature the Los Angeles debut of Tibetan artists Tsering Nyandak and Norbu Tsering. American audiences will have the opportunity to experience the vibrant new representational narrative painting coming out of Tibet’s contemporary art community.
In the Project Room, South African performance artist MLu Zondi's provocative performance videos will be on display.
The final exhibition for our Jan 20th opening is the revealing of a dynamic mural entitled, "Open Water" created by Korean artist Han Sungpil and Los Angeles painter Yvette Gellis.
During the opening reception, there will also be a special preview of videographer Ben Caldwell's interactive video installation, which was commissioned as a public art piece at the new Santa Monica Place shopping center.
18th Street international exhibitions are funded in part by the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, the Africa Centre of Capetown, and the Asian Cultural Council.
For more information on this event visit www.18thstreet.org