Curated by Minoosh Zomorodinia
October 13, 2023 - December 16, 2023
Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 - 8 pm PDT
SFAC Main Gallery
War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 126, San Francisco, CA 9410
Exhibiting Artists: Alex Arzt, Ebti, S. Emsaki, Kiana Honarmand, Masha Kecheava, Carolina Maki Kitagawa Frisby, Nazafarin Lotfi, Lorena Molina, yétúndé olagbaju, Kelley O’Leary, Tiare Ribeaux and Quinqian Ye, Sanaz Safanasab, Supermrin and Jessica Fertonani Cooke, and Connie Zheng.
June 16, 2023-December 11, 2023
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, CA
25 artists and writers honor Bernice Bing’s legacy by exploring the Asian and Asian American influences in contemporary art.
The video and literary work in this exhibition was selected from an open call — the first in the Asian Art Museum’s history — issued in conjunction with Into View: Bernice Bing. An underrecognized Beat-era painter and activist, Bernice Bing’s inspiring life and work continue to resonate with contemporary audiences. In keeping with Bing’s passionate commitment to local activism and building bridges in her community, this open call was organized in collaboration with the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA), the Chinese Culture Center, and the Kearny Street Workshop.
“The open call allows us to provide more access and generate curiosity about Bernice Bing,” explains Into View curator Abby Chen, the museum’s head of contemporary art. “As people respond to it, they’ll need to investigate who Bernice Bing was; it’s a way to foster greater awareness of her work across generations.”
Artists and writers of any age from any location were eligible to apply, responding to the prompt: “Modern and contemporary art was deeply influenced by art in Asia, including landscape, calligraphy, abstraction, and minimalism. In tribute to the Bernice Bing exhibition and collection at the Asian Art Museum, what is contemporary art through the lens of Asian and Asian American art and cultures?” From 249 submissions, jurors ultimately selected 25 finalists to be featured.
Selected artists and writers: Robin Birdd David, Meghana Bisineer, Kristiana 莊礼恩 Chan, Jennifer S Cheng, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Anastasia Doantrinh Le, Anito Gavino & Malaya Ulan, Lamnho Giang, Sora Han, Kiana Honarmand, Dan Jian & Diana Abells, Kwinnie Lê, Bianca Lee, Diana Li, Sujin Lim, Sarah Matsui, Catherine Niu, Jenny Qi, Jacoub Reyes, Natalie Sasiprapa Organ, TT Takemoto, Justine Tamiko Lai, Jane Wong, Liwen Xu, J. Yùrú Zhōu.
June 9, 2023-August 6, 2023
Reception: Friday, June 23, 7-9 PM
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts
155 Gibbs Street
The exhibition A Shadow in the Depth of Light pays tribute to the Woman Life Freedom protests in Iran, which began in September 2022 after the murder of Mahsa (Jina) Amini by the morality police in Iran. The protesters have been demanding freedom, dignity, and equality for women, but the Iranian government has responded with brutal force, shooting, beating many, including children, and arresting nearly twenty thousand people. Many artists, poets, lawyers, athletes, and activists have been imprisoned simply for speaking out. The uprising has stirred up poignant memories of my own experiences growing up as a woman in Iran, struggling to cope with the restrictions that relegated us to second-class citizens, as well as the personal encounters with the morality police and the ensuing trauma. While the news of the uprising has given hope for change and a better future, the violence and brutality of the government have been devastating to witness.
This exhibition brings attention to the human rights violations and the courageous women behind the Woman Life Freedom protests in Iran. A Shadow in the Depth of Light features a dynamic installation that includes sculptures, hair, vinyl installation on windows, and elements of light and shadow. Upon entering the exhibition, viewers will be confronted with hundreds of 3D-printed hands, each bearing the name of a victim of the government crackdown. These individuals are protestors who have been imprisoned, tortured, or killed in their quest for freedom and equality. Each sculpture represents a human being who has made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of justice. Positioned on reflective surfaces, the hands appear to emerge from the ground, prompting viewers to interact with them closely. The reflective surfaces also allow viewers to see their own reflections, suggesting that the world is observing these human rights violations. Through this installation, my aim is to honor the victims’ memory, raise awareness about the ongoing struggle for human rights, and remind viewers of the importance of speaking out against injustice.
The installation features an addition to the sculptures: pieces of cut synthetic hair, arranged in braids and various forms, hanging from the walls above. This hair serves as a poignant reminder of the bravery and resilience of the women who have taken part in the Woman Life Freedom protests. Following the murder of Mahsa Amini, many women in Iran have been cutting off their hair as a symbolic act of protest against the oppressive laws that regulate women’s bodies, and the government’s brutal response to peaceful demonstrations. In the context of the exhibition, the hair represents a symbol of resistance against the government’s enforcement of mandatory hijab, which takes away women’s right to choose how they dress and express themselves. Through the inclusion of these braids and locks of hair, the exhibition brings to light the oppression faced by women in Iran and honors the courage and strength of those who continue to fight for their rights and freedom.
ON VIEW: May 6–June 3, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 6, 2023, 4–7 PM CST
ARTISTS WALKTHROUGH: Saturday, June 3, 2–4 PM CST
Woman Made Gallery
Exhibiting Artists: Kiana Honarmand, Chelsea Stewart, Jezrael Gandara
CHICAGO—Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is proud to present “Woman Life Freedom,” an exhibition juried by Shahrbanoo Hamzeh and on display from May 6 to June 3, 2023.
“Woman Life Freedom” is a slogan that the women of Iran are chanting on the streets in an unfair war with the current gender apartheid regime to regain their basic human rights and bodily autonomy. Beginning on September 16, 2022, with Mahsa Amini’s unjust death, Iranian people have been shedding blood, sweat, and tears while protesting in the streets for freedom.
This exhibition is centered on women’s rights and includes works in various media by 43 women and nonbinary artists who responded to a call for art in addition to photography and video contributions by 18 Iranian artists who were invited to participate in the show. We at WMG are standing in solidarity with the brave Iranian women who are putting their lives on the line for freedom. The fight for women’s rights everywhere will not end until each and every one of us is free. “Woman Life Freedom” brings together information, conversation, and visual elements surrounding the struggle for human rights. With this exhibition, we are hoping to elevate and add to the Iranian women’s voices.
Wander Woman 3
Curated by Rea Lynn de Guzman
January 18 - April 16, 2023 The Katz Snyder Gallery, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) Exhibiting Artists: Cherisse Alcantara, Cynthia Brannvall, Kiana Honarmand, Kacy Jung, Cathy Lu, Joyce Nojima, Blanca Estela Rodríguez, Jenifer Wofford
The immigrant, immortal, Wonder Woman embodies iconic feminine strength in the DC comic series. As an Amazonian-American fictional heroine, she blends into a foreign society to promote justice, peace, and truth. Correspondingly, many women of color artists with immigrant backgrounds evoke Wonder Woman-esque qualities in their contemporary artistic practices by addressing issues of immigration, misrepresentation, stereotypes, cultural conflict, and feelings of acceptance or intolerance with an honest voice to fight for equity.
Wander Woman 3, the third iteration of Wander Woman, features works by eight Bay Area women of color artists, whose works explore complex immigrant themes coming from diverse perspectives.
Mending Unhealing Wounds
Friday, Oct 7 - Sunday, Oct 9 All Night
Midnight -1 AM for the rest of October
Salesforce Tower, San Francisco, CA
Beacons of Hope
Beacons of Hope is a multifaceted project that includes an in-person workshop, a temporary public art installation, and a mini-concert. The project focuses on creating colorful paper lanterns with the community to create a temporary public installation. Inspired by the long history of using lanterns in festivals and celebrations in different cultures across the globe, Beacons of Hope will utilize light and color while focusing on hope and collective healing by bringing the community together to express themselves through art.
Join us in creating a public art installation made of colorful paper lanterns that are lit with LED tea candles.
Register for an in-person workshop at the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium! In this workshop, we will create colorful paper lanterns together by folding paper to make a lantern and painting the lantern in different colors. After the workshop, The lanterns will be installed in the trees outside the Art Center. This temporary public art installation will be on view until the following Saturday. We will celebrate the opening of the installation on Sunday, October 16th with a performance by a trio of local high school students. Focusing on hope and moving forward together as a community, the lantern installation will represent the collective hopes of our community. The lanterns will remain on view for the entire week so visitors and passersby can view them day and night. On the following Saturday, the participants can pick up their lanterns from the Art Center.
-The workshop is free and all the materials and tools are provided.
-The workshop is open to all ages, but children need to be accompanied by an adult.
-The location is ADA Accissible.
Moving Poets Novilla
Through These Eyes
Torpedo Factory Art Center
As an extension of Target Gallery the Torpedo Factory Art Center is hosting the pop-up video exhibition, Through These Eyes, in Studio 9 of the Art Center during the summer of 2022. This exhibition features a series of videos that focuses on perspectives of underrepresented identities, including BIPOC identity, LGBTQ+ identity, and physical or mental disabilities in the form of film shorts, documentaries, and animations.
Exhibition dates: June 10 – September 4
Exhibition Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-10PM
Featured: 2022 Content Emerging Artist – Kiana Honarmand
Every year, SVCREATES recognizes the region’s finest artists through the Content Emerging Artist Award. These artists have demonstrated a commitment to developing their art forms and enriching the greater Santa Clara County region with exhibitions, performances, presentations, and service.
The Drawing Room, San Francisco
March 12-April 30th
TIDES OF CHANGE
XPRESS MAGAZINE FEATURE BY HUNTER TROY:
KIANA HONARMAND: AN IRANIAN WOMAN’S JOURNEY SHOWN THROUGH ART
THE LEIGH WEIMERS EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS
I'm very excited to announce that I have been one of the four recipients of the 2021 Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards. Congratulations to my fellow award recipients: Emanuela Harris Sintamarian, Tori Paul and Mason Razavi
The Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards is a program of the Rotary Club of San Jose created in honor and memory of the iconic Mercury News columnist who did so much to publicize and support the arts in Silicon Valley.
Aggregate Space Gallery (ASG) presents Zamin Project, a virtual multi-faceted art project aiming to create a space for dialogue and connection between SWANA (South West Asia and North African) artists, curators, and art educators in the Bay Area and beyond. This series is initiated by Iranian-American artist Shaghayegh Cyrous, aiming to focus on the question of How can we create our own resources? by gathering SWANA artists, educators, and art leaders to develop a solution for enriching the community in the Bay area and beyond.
Frank-Ratchye Project Space
Root Division, San Francisco CA
August 3- August 19 2021
Second Saturday Reception: August 14th, 7-9 PM
Art Alley, Hub Robeson Galleries, Penn State University
Looking to the future is an online film screening run by Oddball Space, an artist led group helping support emerging artists. The night of film and performance art showcases short films from a group of 8 selected artists responding to themes of the future. These range from ideas of identity, spirituality as well as a hopeful view of the near future.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
May 29, 2021 - July 18, 2021
Juried by Susan Snyder
LOCAL LOVE SPRING ART FESTIVAL
May 7-16, 2021 |
Terra Gallery, San Francisco CA
A JOY UNEXPECTED
Root Division Curatorial Fellow
Jun 9, 2021-Jun 26, 2021
Second Saturday Reception
June 12, 6-8pm
Sydney Acosta, Caiti Chan, Makiko Harris*, Kiana Honarmand*, Jupiter, Patti Kilroy, Hea-Mi Kim, Shara Mays, Natani Notah, Manuel Fernando Rios, Muzi Li Rowe, Daniel Alejandro Trejo
Summer Ventis, Christopher Adam Williams*, Gabriela Yoque
In conjunction with A Digital Art Salon, SLOMA hosted the first-ever Digital Shorts Film Festival April 2–4, 2021. This weekend-long film festival featured 15 digital shorts created by contemporary California-based filmmakers.
Box 13 ArtSpace, Houston TX
February 20 - April 17, 2021
This two person exhibition explores the topic of longing and immigration through the lens of the collaboration between two Iranian women artists. Through the language of video and performance, the artists talk about their experience of immigration, separation, longing, and uncertainty.
VIRTUAL ART SALON
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (IAP) is pleased to announce our first Virtual Art Salon with artists Adishetu Oyibo, Juan C. Escobedo, Tanika I. Williams, Han Qin, Kiana Honarmand, and Fernando Vieira. Created and produced by IAP alum Rupy C. Tut and Jason Wyman, the Virtual Art Salon gives art lovers from across the world a rare opportunity to see new artworks by immigrant artists in San Antonio, Oakland, New Jersey, and New York, learn more about the artists and their process of making it, and watch peer-based feedback on a question asked by the presenting artist.
ROOT DIVISION STUDIO ARTIST EXHIBITION
2nd Sat Reception:
Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Dec 9, 2020 to Dec 22, 2020
by appointment & online
UNTIL IT SHATTERS
Curated By: Samantha Reynolds
Second Saturday Reception: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 6, 2020 to November 30, 2020
Exhibition Artists: Greta Liz Anderson, Salome El, Guta Galli, Nimah Gobir, Kiana Honarmand, Kuo-Chen "Kacy" Jung, Rebecca Kaufman, dani lopez, Cathy Lu, Kija Lucas, ChiChai Mateo, Joyce Nojima, Dimitra Skandali, Indira Urrutia**, Katherine Vetne
ESSENCE OF DEMOCRACY
Wearing My Burden
The Essence of Democracy is a new Arts Project ONLINE virtual event series featuring conversations with artists whose work gives voice to those often unheard. Ann Lalik, gallery director and arts coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV), will moderate the panel consisting of the artist, PSU-LV faculty or staff and a student whose discipline, life experiences and interests align with the artist’s message and concept.
WANDER WOMAN 2
Lead Producing Artist: Rea Lynn de Guzman
Exhibiting Artists: Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Aynur Girgin Westen, Kiana Honarmand,
Kacy Jung, Mido Lee, Joyce Nojima, Azin Seraj, Pallavi Sharma, Pamela Ybañez, and Minoosh Zomorodinia
Wander Woman 2, the second iteration of Wander Woman, provides an empowering and engaging platform for Bay Area-local, APA immigrant women of color, who vary in professional backgrounds from emerging to established. Its mission is to highlight the artists and their work, and to amplify their voices by presenting significant conversations surrounding issues of equity, gender roles, and underrepresentation. Further, it aims to foster deep connections within the community and beyond.
Aggregate Space Gallery
Seventh Annual International Video Open Call
Featuring works by Stefani Byrd, Emilie Crewe, Kiana Honarmand, Olivia Lathuilliere, Deepa Nair, Can Ozmen and Meltem Gürlevik, Sophia Schultz Rocha and Nick Lennon, and Arezou Zibaei.
Opening Reception: 7 February, 6-10 pm
Second Saturday Artist Talk: 8 February, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
First Friday Event: 6 March, 6-10 pm
Expressions of Activism
Sordoni Art Gallery
Curated by Heather Sincavage
Featuring: Sobia Ahmad | Elizabeth Catlett | Judy Chicago | Lesley Dill | Alex Donis | Dyke Action Machine! | Diane Edison | Rachel Farmer | Nicholas Galanin | Cannupa Hanska Luger | Julie Heffernan | Jenny Holzer | Kiana Honarmand | Julia Jacquette | Rashid Johnson | Dona Lief | Hung Liu | Juan Logan | Liza Lou | Ana Mendieta | Harvey Milk | Miller & Shellabarger | Theodore Newman | Jessie Oonark | Martha Posner | Jessica Posner | Sara Rahbar | Faith Ringgold | Alison Saar | Betye Saar | Ellen Shumsky | Lorna Simpson | Kiki Smith | Nancy Spero | Annie Sprinkle | Zoe Strauss | Linda Stein | Lien Truong | Kara Walker | Helen Zughaib
Contemporary Renaissance Women
Artist Panel Discussion
The Banana Factory presents a panel discussion with select artists from Contemporary Renaissance Women. Moderated by Martha Posner, the discussion will focus on overcoming gender inequality and leading as a female artist. It will focus on what influences the studio practice and how to empower women to continue making. Opportunities exist for women artists to support each other.
Marilyn Minters can be quoted saying, “Art isn’t gender. It’s whether you have a vision or not.
Artists featured are: Lydia Panas, Erin Anderson, Heather Sincavage, Katie Hovencamp, Ann Lalik and Jill Odegaard
Transformed: Digital to Corporeal
Juror and Curator: Kiana Honarmand
The Kresge Gallery at Marywood University and the 8th International Conference of Contemporary Cast Iron Art-Transformed: Digital to Corporeal. This juried exhibition showcases artworks using advanced digital technologies. Artists are encouraged to consider the conference theme, "Post Industrial Iron: Divergence, Dialog, and New Directions."
The Kresge Gallery
120 Insalco Center for Studio Arts
Scranton, PA 18509