"Pearls" Interview

"Pearls on the Ocean Floor"

A Panel discusion with the artists of
traces OF BEING: Iran in the passage of memories

Screening Date & Time: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:00 PM

Los Angeles, CA - Morono Kiang Gallery presents a special preview screening of Pearls on the Ocean Floor, a new documentary (in progress) by Robert Adanto, about the lives and work of Iranian female artists living in and outside the Islamic Republic. The segment being presented includes interviews with Afshan Ketabchi, Sara Rahbar, Leila Pazooki, Parastou Forouhar, Shirin Neshat, Negar Ahkami, Malekeh Nayiny and Pooneh Maghazehe. The film features music by Nalepa. The director will be present for question & answer after the film. This program is presented in tandem with the current exhibition Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories.

The screening will start at 3 pm on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Downtown Independent Cinema, just over a block away from the gallery, followed by a reception at Morono Kiang Gallery.

About Pearls on the Ocean Floor:
“Facing issues of identity, gender, and social restrictions, the female artists in Pearls on the Ocean Floor speak with a compelling quiet reserve and a striking boldness. Their work reveals encounters between religion and secular modernity, change and tradition, contemporary life and history. These brave women seem to know now more than ever that their voices must be heard and their people understood. Through their words and their art, the real Iran will be discovered and this important historical moment will be documented.”

Robert Adanto is an independent documentary filmmaker. His debut feature-length documentary, The Rising Tide, explored the Chinese Contemporary Art scene, and premiered at the United Kingdom's China Now! Festival and has been screening throughout U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Admission is free. RSVP is required due to limited space.
To RSVP please email info@moronokiang.com with "RSVP" in the subject line. Please include your name and phone number and indicate the number of guests.

Traces of Being, Iran in the Passage of Memories is on display through Saturday November 21, 2009.

Morono Kiang Gallery is located at 218 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, in the Bradbury Building, between Spring and Broadway. For more information, please call 213-628-8208 or visit www.moronokiang.com.

Morono Kiang Gallery thanks Downtown Independent Cinema for supporting this event. For more information on the cinema, their facilities, and their programming schedule, please go to www.downtownindependent.com or call 213.617.1033. Downtown Independent Cinema is located at 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Downtown Independent Cinema