Call for Artists: Focus Iran 3

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Los Angeles, CA


Contemporary youth culture in Iran or in the Iranian diaspora

Submission Period:
June 11- August 24, 2018
Exhibition Dates:
January 27 – May 5, 2019
Opening Reception:
January 26, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Submission Website:


Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video is a biennial juried exhibition of
photography and video works organized by the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) of Los Angeles
and Farhang Foundation to feature artists whose works explore themes related to Iranian
culture.The theme ofFocus Iran 3 is youth culture in Iran or in the Iranian diaspora
Approximately 40 selected photographs and videos will be displayed in a group exhibition to take
place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Blvd.) fromJanuary 27 to May 5, 2019, with an
opening reception to take place on January 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000
and $1,000 and a print advertisement in ArtForum will be awarded to the top three selections.
The competition is free to enter. Selected artists will be determined from among all eligible entries
received and reviewed by a panel of qualified judges. The jurors will consider pertinence to Iranian
youth culture, skill, artistic vision, and impact in the selection process.


Mehrdad Afsari is a photographer, documentary film director, and video artist based in Tehran, Iran.
He has advanced degrees in photography from Tehran University of Art and has been a professor of
arts since 2004. He is an honorary member of Iranian Visual Artists Society. He has had fourteen
solo exhibitions, including at Mohsen Gallery in Tehran and Etemad Gallery in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Paris Photo in France (2009),
Contemporary Istanbul in Turkey (2010), Queens Museum of Art in New York (2011), and
PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai in China (2016). He is an honorary member of Iranian Visual Artists
Society, and his work is in the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Aria Eghbal is a professional painter and founder of Aria Gallery in Tehran, Iran. As an artist, she
has been subject of four solo gallery exhibitions and part of over fifty group presentations both inside
and outside of Iran. She established Aria Gallery in 1991 and presents contemporary Iranian
painters, sculptors, photographers, and jewelry artists, among others. As an educator, she co-
founded Mahe-Mehr Cultural and Art Institute to fill a perceived gap in the government-led art

education, particularly awareness of art theory and criticism. She is also a co-founder of Dena Art
Group, which advocates for Iranian women artists in Iran and abroad.
Holly Jerger is the exhibitions curator at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles, CA.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University, Indiana and a Master of Fine Arts from
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also taught. She has served on the boards of the
Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC) and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.
Amanda Maddox is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty
Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Since 2011, she has organized or co-organized numerous exhibitions
at the Getty, includingNow Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante (2017);Ishiuchi Miyako:
Postwar Shadows (2015);Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful (2014); andJapan's Modern Divide:
The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto (2013).

Seifollah Samadian is an accomplished Iranian artist, photographer, and cinematographer based in
Tehran, Iran. Highly-regarded internationally as an art director with experience working with directors
like Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami, Samadian came to the forefront of critical attention in a
wave of Iranian photography in the 1980s that gained momentum during the years following the Iran-
Iraq War. He is the founding director of the Annual Image Visual Arts Festival and Tassvir Film
Festival, and publisher and editor of the magazine Tassvir. He has taught photojournalism at Tehran
University and Islamic Azad University in Iran.

Babak Tafreshi is an Iranian photographer, science journalist, and amateur astronomer based in
Boston, MA. He is the creator and director of The World at Night (TWAN), an international program
in which photographers from around the world capture images of night skies as seen above notable
landmarks of the planet. As a contributing photographer to National Geographic, he is a leading
artist in nightscape imaging by merging art, culture, and science. He serves as a member of the
board of advisors of Astronomers Without Borders and is a photo ambassador for European
Southern Observatory. For his global contribution to night sky photography, he received the 2009
Lennart Nilsson Award, the world’s most recognized award for scientific photography at the time.
Maryam Zandi is an Iranian documentary photographer and author known for her photographs of
the Iranian Revolution. A graduate of Tehran University’s School of Law and Political Science, she
began pursuing photography in 1970. She has held prominent photography positions with Iranian
national television and radio, as well as the cultural magazineTamasha. She has published over ten
books of photography, most notablyThe Revolution of Iran 79 andChehreh-ha, a series of portraits
of contemporary Iranian cultural figures. She is the founder and first chairperson of the National
Iranian Photographers' Society (NIPS).


 Technical excellence
 Content (i.e. how well the work relates to the theme)
 Composition
 Impact


 Open to international artists, 18 years of age and older.
 Only digital format photographs and videos are eligible.
 Please include statement of how the entry relates to the theme.

 Photograph size maximum: 36 inches on the longest side. Photograph size minimum: 12
inches on the shortest side.
 Video length: 9 minutes or less
 Video works with spoken Farsi should have subtitles.
 Maximum of one (1) photographic work OR one (1) video/new media work per artist is
 Each entry must be the original work of the participating artist, and they must be the sole
owner of the copyright of such entry.
 Employees and their immediate families (defined as spouses, parents, siblings, children,
grandparents and in-laws) and any members of their households employed by CAFAM or
Farhang Foundation, or any of its affiliates, parent corporations, subsidiaries, advertising and
promotion agencies, are not eligible to participate.
 All entries must be received between 12:01AM MST (Mountain Standard Time) on June 11,
2018 and 11:59PM MST (Mountain Standard Time) on August 24, 2018. Any entries and/or
payments submitted before the competition start or after the final deadline automatically will
be void.
Please do not send your entry directly to CAFAM or Farhang Foundation, or you will be


Finalists will be notified by email on or approximatelyOctober 15, 2018. Selected photographs and
videos will be produced by CAFAM for exhibition display. Selected artists will be required to send a
high-resolution copy of their selected work toFocus Iran’sHightail account.
Photographs must not exceed 36-inches on the longest side (i.e. 36x20, 36x24, or 36x36) at
300dpi, saved either as a TIFF or a Photoshop file.
Videos must be saved and uploaded as MP4 or MOV files @720p resolution with h.264

All works must be uploaded to Hightail no later than 11:59PM MST onOctober 30, 2018; a late
submission may result in disqualification.

Finalists who are unable to meet the above requirements must contact Sasha Ali
([email protected]) at CAFAM to make alternative arrangements. Non-compliance with this time
period or with these Rules of Entry may result in disqualification.


Upon the completion of the exhibition at CAFAM, the Artist can elect one of the following options:
 Donate the work to Farhang Foundation for fundraising purposes towardsFocus Iran
4 support.
 Request for the work(s) to be destroyed.
 Submission period: Between 12:01AM Pacific Time onJune 11, 2018 and 11:59PM
Mountain Time on August 24, 2018

 Judging period:September 12 – October 3, 2018
 Digital delivery of selected artworks viaFocus Iran’s Dropbox/Hightail by 11:59PM PST
onOctober 15, 2018.


Please contact Alireza Ardekani, executive director of Farhang Foundation, for sponsorship
opportunities [email protected]


For further information aboutFocus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography & Video, please
see Terms & Conditions and FAQ or contact us [email protected]


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