The Power of Cliche

A great event happening this weekend in NYC:

The Power of a Cliche: Representing Iranian Women
Hosted by Iranian Alliances Across Borders and ArteEast
Saturday July 21
4:30 – 6:30pm
The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery)
New York, NY

Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and ArteEast are proud to present an afternoon of spoken word performance with Haleh Anvari, photographer/writer from Iran. Haleh’s performance will look at the ways in which Iranian women are represented both in the West and in Iran, focusing on the icon of the chador. Through her performance, she deconstructs the black chador as the preferred icon of the Western media and the Islamic Republic of Iran:

“Both camps use me as the icon for the clash of civilizations. One wants to protect my soul, the other wants to rescue it…so you see me in my total blackness on books and magazines. I sell copy, I sell an idea, and in the folds of my black chador I sell in one place two violently opposed ideologies which are set on an ugly collision course.”

The performance is part of simultaneous art exhibitions this summer in Washington, DC and Tehran entitled: TRANSFORM/NATION: Contemporary Art of Iran and its Diaspora.

For More Information
Bowery Poetry Club – 308 Bowery, NYC
http://www.iranianalliances.org/art.htm

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1 comment for “The Power of Cliche

  1. Cizungu
    July 18, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Oh, that looks good. Much gnashing of teeth and self-righteous indignation shall ensue. “We just wanted to save her! Our motives are pure!”

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