Part and Parcel

Spring 2019, marked forty years since the Iranian revolution disrupted a nation and laid the groundwork for global conflicts in the following decades. It resulted in millions of lives being displaced and dislocated, and initiated a shift in the politics of the region that deepened a complicated and precarious rift between conflicting ideologies, resulting in an ongoing exile for Iranians in diaspora across the world. 

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries presented Part and Parcel, guest curated by renowned local artist, curator and educator Taraneh Hemami. As a member of the Iranian diaspora, Hemami was interested in fostering an exhibition that would take a look at geographies of belonging. What does it mean to belong? How do specific places affect our ability to be included or excluded from belonging? And how does one negotiate identity in a new space when dislocated from self-defining cultural, political, geographical, or social aspects from another? What role do desires to fit in and/or resist assimilation have in belonging?

For this exhibition, Khoury, an Arab/Iranian Oakland-based artist, produced a new installation of hybrid sculptural works for the exhibition that bring attention to key historical dates in Iran/US relationship of the past four decades.