An exhibition of artists of Iranian background includes WA based Fatemeh Boroujeni, Layli Rakhsha, Nastaran Ghadiri, Elham Eshraghian, Neda Bahremand, Kianoosh Kavoosi plus Hoda Afshar, Mehrnoosh Ganji and Mohsen Meysami (Melbourne).
Relocation and a sense of a home far away is a common theme for these artists/makers of Persian extraction. Each draws upon a rich cultural heritage, alongside the experience of living in Australia. Whether it be politics, longing for a lost past or a tribute to Iranian culture, these artists create works that cross the divide between art/craft/life.
YAAR Artist Talk 11.30am Saturday 19 June
We are delighted to have Asha Ensemble perform at the launch of the exhibition. Asha Ensemble uses music as a medium to build a bridge between people. In Asha, instruments from the East and the West (such as the Saz, Guitar, Tonbak, Violin, Daf, Accordion, Cajon, Cello and Double bass) join together and lend their colours to convey different atmospheres, from rhythmic joyous dances to intimate moments of stillness. In addition to Persian you may hear songs in other languages such as Kurdish, Lori, Turkish, Arabic, Yiddish, Hebrew, Indian, and English. “Asha” is an Avestan word with a multi-dimensional meaning including universal order and truth and is at the core of Zarathustrian philosophy. Asha Ensemble was founded by Dr Pourandokht Naseri Hudson in 2020.
Mr Reza Mirzaei joins her in this performance on setar.