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March 3 - April 30

Opening reception: Friday, March 10, 6 - 8pm

OAL X Space, 400 W. Rich St., Columbus, OH 43215

The Ohio Art League is thrilled to announce the first of its Member Curated Exhibitions for 2017.  In a time of continuing controversy over immigration, "SCARves" presents a view of what artistic freedom means from the perspective of 2 Iranian women.  The exhibition of photographs and mixed-media pieces runs from March 3rd through  the end of April.  An opening reception is planned for Friday, March 10th, from 6 to 8 PM in the OAL X Space, 400 W. Rich Street, Columbus.

Raheleh Bagheri and Arezou Bizhani were born in Iran, and studied art and graphic design at Iranian universities.  In Iran they had no choice but to wear a head scarf. As Bagheri says, "it can be difficult for Americans to appreciate just how wonderfully free they feel to be able to go in public without a hijab, with their hair blowing in the wind for all to see. 

In flights leaving Iran, as soon as the pilot announces that the plane has left Iranian air space, all the women suddenly whip off their scarves and reveal their femininity. But flights to Iran are another matter, where once over Iranian air space they must cover themselves as if femininity is something to be hidden. 

Like a scar.

Each artist emigrated to Columbus in the last several years, and, upon meeting each other combined their sculptural, painting, and photographic talents into a collection of new works motivated by the scars their scarves left behind. 

The four-part exhibit ("Freed", "Boxed", "Emote" and "Mirror") is principally one of photography, but two of the installations utilize new perceptual techniques done in collaboration with well-known cognitive scientist Dr. Mark Changizi -- also Persian and a denizen of Columbus.

For more information, check out Raheleh Bagheri’s web site at: http://www.rahelehbagheri.com/about.html

Arezou Bizhani website at:  http://www.arezoubizhani.com/

Dr. Mark Changizi’s website at: http://www.changizi.com/


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