Remember Amir Normandi, the Iranian artist who stirred up controversy with his photo expo depicting Muslim women at a college in the Chicagoland area? Well, he's about to do it again, but this time he's not alone.
I just received this email from one of his fellow artists Diane Carrière, as an effort to help spread the word.
Please pass it on to anyone who might be interested. Thanks.
Subject: Amir Normandi, Ramadan Postcard - Art Event.
Even in the Age of Information, it would seem that not all information is created equal: the closure of a successful 3-year-old production of Mozart's opera 'Idomeneo' because, said Berlin police, it posed 'incalculable risk' of inciting Islamic fundamentalists to violence is a stark reminder that censorship throbs with power while the lifeblood of art is wrung dry. Last year, outrage from Muslim students led Harper College, located just outside Chicago, to remove an exhibition of works by Amir Normandi depicting the oppression women suffer in many Islamic countries. Partly in response, Normandi, himself an Iranian-born Muslim, has curated a new exhibition of works Dianeby local and international artists, 'Desire No Shackles/ Imagine No Borders', to examine oppression and the notion of borders in Islam and other contexts.
Timed to coincide with Chicago Artists Month, the event opened as part of the annual PilsenEast Artist's Open House weekend. 'Desire No Shackles/ Imagine No Borders' ran September 29 – October 1 at 1823 S Halsted, Chicago. The complete collection of art works will be presented at d'Last Studios and Gallery at 1714 S Ashland, Chicago, where it will run between October 7 and November 11.
Featured artists: Amir Normandi, Maryam Hashemi, Marcia Middleton Kaplan, Tim Arroyo, Diane Carriere, Rosy Torres.
For more information on the events and the artists, follow the link: http://noshackles.blogspot.com/
Please help us strike a blow to censorship and promote freedom of expression and artistic integrity by posting this event on your blog.