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Monir is a 2014 documentary about the life and works of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, one of Iran’s most preeminent artists. Directed by Bahman Kiarostami and produced by Layla Fakhr, Monir is an in depth look at Farmanfarmaian who rose to attention in the 1970s with her breathtaking geometric mirror work. Farmanfarmaian’s recent work is being shown at the Haines Gallery in San Francisco concurrently with a retrospective exhibition of her work in New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
The documentary will be screened at LACMA’s Bing Theater on Thursday, May 26, 2015, 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Here’s a little about the film, according to the documentary’s official site, MonirDocumentary.com:
The film provides a close-up view into a woman’s artistic career that has spanned over half a century. It explores a range of factors that have made her one of the most innovative and influential artists of the Middle East, from her method of constructing mirror mosaics to uncovering her past, the extreme political changes in her own country and her subsequent migration to New York. With a musical score by composer Hooshyar Khayam and the Kronos Quartet, the camera meets Monir, now back in Tehran after 30 years. Her return sparked an artistic rebirth and although she is now aged 90, she is at the peak of her career.
Below is an excerpt from an interview between Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmian and curator of the Guggenheim exhibition, Suzanne Cotter of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal:
For our Persian speakers, here is BBC Persian’s piece on the Monir’s exhibition in New York City’s Guggenheim Museum:
Hope all of you can make it to the screening to enjoy what is sure to be a beautiful, inspiring, and informative film!