Discussion | Miradas Paralelas (Parallel Looks). Iran-Spain: Photographers in the Mirror

Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Conversation on the exhibit Miradas Paralelas/Parallel Looks. Iran-Spain: Photographers in the Mirror with curator Zara Fernández; photographers Soledad Córdoba (Spain) and Gohar Dashti (Iran); and Carmen Fernández-Távora, deputy director of the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation. The discussion will be in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation in both languages.

“Miradas Paralelas (Parallel Looks). Iran-Spain: Photographers in the Mirror,” curated by Zara Fernández and Santiago Olmo, provides the platform for the first encounter between female photographers from Iran and Spain who, despite their distant origins, surprise us with their affinities.

The exhibit consists of six pairs of photographers, with each pair including four works by an outstanding Spanish photographer and an Iranian photographer. Even though photographers had no knowledge of each other’s work, the similitudes in style, topic and composition are astonishing. These are the pairs: Cristina García Rodero and Hengameh Golestan;Isabel Muñoz and Gohar Dashit; Soledad Córdoba and Shadi Gadirian; Amparo Garrido and Rana Javadi; Mayte Vieza and Ghazaleh Hedayat; and María Zarazúa and Newsha Tavakolian.

The exhibition is organized by NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and the Consulate General of Spain in New York and co-sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Spain’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation. Additional support from Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Embassy of Iran in Spain, Persépolis Cultural Center in Madrid, and NYU Silsila Center for Material Histories.