Stories of Home: The Iranian Woman Immigrant Experience

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Stories of Home: The Iranian Woman Immigrant Experience
March 7, 2013 6:30 pm
March 7, 2013 8:30 pm
American Islamic Congress
February 22, 2013
AIC Center - Boston
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Stories of Home: The Iranian Woman Immigrant Experience


Featuring: Artist Niloofar Ziae and author Dr. Mitra Shavarini of Brandeis

Thursday, March 7

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AIC Center

38 Newbury Street

Boston, MA

 Light Refreshments Served

 Free and Open to the Public

As part of AIC’s Muslim Women in the Arts Series, this event will feature Niloofar Ziae, Iranian-American artist, and Mitra Shavarini, Author and University Lecturer. On the eve of International Woman’s Day, come to hear these two fascinating Iranian women discuss their experiences as both Iranians and Americans. They break the stereotypes about women and immigrants from Iranian culture, presenting a complicated picture of the immigrant experience, and its relationship to gender. Work from Niloofar’s show at AIC will be on exhibition. Mitra will read selections from her recently published memoir Desert Roots.

Additional, Niloofar’s artwork can be viewed at the AIC Center from Feb. 11 to Feb. 28, during normal business hours and on the weekends by appointment. Visit or call 617.266.0080 for more information


Featured Speakers:

Niloofar Ziae has long been an advocate for free expression in her native Tehran. As a young artist in 1980s post-revolutionary Iran, her home was as an underground sanctuary for musicians, poets, playwrights, and artists with no other space to create openly. She has served as head art teacher for Tehran’s Academy of Art and Literature. In the past, Niloofar has used abstract expressionism to explore her inner states and emotions. More recently, however, her paintings have included more and more figurative elements. Driven by a sense of urgency to document the rapid architectural and environmental changes currently undergoing in Tehran, her paintings have taken on more “objective” sensitivity. By using dynamic landscape and architectural compositions, her paintings strive to document the architectural and environmental changes cities undergo and to communicate the sense of loss -and the excitement and possibilities – that accompany these changes. Niloofar’s latest work connects the architecture of her home country to the American cities where she has lived, from Utah to Massachusetts.


Mitra Shavarini is a lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies and Peace Studies at Brandeis. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University and her research focuses on Women’s education in Muslim Societies. Desert Roots is her recently published memoir and has been widely praised. Shahla Haeri, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, says of this book: “Reminiscent of the immortal 13th century Persian mystical poet, Rumi and his story of the reed, Mitra Shavarini’s Desert Roots tells of the anguish of separation and the ever-intensifying desire for return – return to one’s ‘origin.’ Written with honesty and elegance, Shavarini has woven an attractive tapestry of the lives of her extended family within the context of Iranian history and culture, itself having gone through its story of upheavals and separation.”