Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography & Video

The Craft & Folk Art Museum and Farhang Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation are accepting submissions for the second biennial juried exhibition Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video. The international open call and exhibition are an opportunity to expose and feature mid-career and emerging artists from around the world whose submitted works relate to themes around Iranian culture and heritage. 

Artists 18 years of age and older are invited to apply between June 1 and August 8, 2016. There is no entry fee to participate, and submissions will be accepted through the free online service CaFÉ at 

A qualified panel of jurors will consider each photograph or video submission's pertinence to Iranian culture and heritage, originality, skill, and artistic vision. Only digital format entries will be eligible, with a maximum of (1) one photograph OR (1) one video entry per artist. Approximately 40 selected photographs and videos will be displayed in a group exhibition to take place at the Craft & Folk Art Museum from January 29 to May 7, 2016. An opening reception will take place on the evening of Saturday, January 28.

Selected photographs and videos will be printed and framed or transferred to DVD by the Craft & Folk Art Museum for exhibition display. The complete rules of submission can be found at


Claudia James Bartlett
Executive Director, Photo LA

Reza Deghati
Photojournalist, National Geographic

Holly Jerger
Exhibitions Curator, Craft & Folk Art Museum

Arpad Kovacs
Assistant Curator, Dept of Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum

Steve McCurry
Photojournalist, National Geographic

Ali Akbar Sadeghi
Visual artist

Newsha Tavakolian
Visual artist

Organizing Institutions

The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles' only institution exclusively dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft, design, and folk art. Located on the city's historic Museum Row, CAFAM's dynamic exhibitions feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful and provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM's regular programs and events provide opportunities for the public to participate in artmaking and engage with exhibiting and local artists. For more information, visit

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz, Shabe-Yalda, Mehregan, theater and dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info, visit


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