Ghazel: Me

In partnership with ArteEast and the French Embassy, A.I.R. Gallery will host French-Iranian artist Ghazel for a live performance and conversation. The event is organized by A.I.R. artist Aphrodite Navab.

About the Exhibit:

Ghazel uses humor to explore feminist and political issues in art, culture, and history. The evening will focus on Ghazel’s “Me” series, which was initiated in 1997 and includes 780 scenes to date. The artist explains that the series utilizes identity as a departure point; through her multiple imperfect identities and the pretext of autobiography she tries to “portray a human in our world today. (Regardless of gender, and ethnic or racial background.)  The chador, that has become mostly a graphical element and a link between the scenes, is just a local color—much like the black humor that I use in my films.” The performance and screening will be followed by a conversation with Aphrodite Navab, and delve into Navab’s research of Ghazel’s practice.

Ghazel (born 1966, Iran) is a French citizen based between Tehran and Paris. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from L'Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Nîmes. She also received a B.A. in Film Studies from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier. Her works are in many public collections in Paris including at the Musée national d’art moderne, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, and the Bic Collection. In 2018, the French Minister of Culture made her a Knight (Chevalier) of the Order of the Arts and Letters. Read more about the artist at ghazel.me

 Aphrodite Navab (born Isfahan, Iran) is an artist of Iranian and Greek descent currently based in New York City. In 2004, she completed an Ed.D in Art Education at Columbia University. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College in 1993. Navab’s art has been featured in over 150 exhibitions and is included in a number of collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Lowe Art Museum, the Harn Museum of Fine Arts, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Arkansas State University. Her most recent solo exhibition, The Homeling, was held at Johannes Vogt Gallery, NY (Jan.-Feb. 2018). In 2020 she was awarded the Edward E. Elson artist-in-residency at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. She has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery since 2018 and part of the Executive Board since 2019.