Malekeh Nayiny

Viewing Iran and Its Complexities Through the Eyes of Visual Artists

September 26, 2019 - Anna Diamond

Compelling works from six female photographers tell stories of revolution, displacement and longing for home.

The snowflakes, the ones unimpeded by the decorative umbrellas, fall on the women’s heads, sticking to their knit beanies and scarves and catching on their uncovered hair. The women’s mouths are open, as they raise their voices against Ayatollah Khomeini’s new decree. It is the last day they will be able to walk the streets of Tehran without a hijab—and they, along with 100,000 others who joined the protest, are there to be heard.

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At the Sackler Gallery, a rarely seen view of Iran by six women photographers

August 14, 2019 - Vanessa H Larson

Forty years after the Iranian Revolution, U.S. media coverage of Iran is still so overwhelmingly focused on the country’s fraught relationship with the United States that certain images have become tropes. Stock photographs of chador-clad women; shown in profile, their faces almost invisible as they walk past anti-American street murals, are published with ludicrous frequency.

A new exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, “My Iran: Six Women Photographers,” aims to challenge the stereotype of voiceless Iranian women, presenting a more nuanced view of the country through the work of some of its most talented contemporary photographers.

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LACMA’s Islamic Art Curator on How Her Ambitious New Exhibition Reveals Another Side of Iran

October 19, 2018 - Nilina Mason-Campbell

The new exhibit “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” is the culmination of four years of work by LACMA’s Islamic art curator, Linda Komaroff. Assembling some 125 works of art, from photography to painting,and from posters to political cartoons, the striking show explores an intriguing and scholarly theme: the creative use of anachronism within Iranian art, showing both how tradition animates the present and how reference to the past can be a vehicle for subversive commentary today.

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July 25, 2016

A group of artists, including Malekeh Nayiny, are tapping into memories to present a different view of Iran, including Persian pop and psychedelia. Rahul Verma finds out what inspires them in this article on BBC Culture.


March 8, 2016

Malekeh Nayiny is taking part in the group exhibition Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia, a unique presentation of art inspired by the popular music of pre-revolutionary Iran and Anatolia. The exhibition opens on 23 April until 4 June 2016 at Vane, Newcastle, England. Download the Press Release.