Senses Cultural’s traveling photo exhibition, Enduring Power: The Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story, will find a home at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, CA for the six weeks. This collection of work, which includes work from several female photographers and represents multiple Middle Eastern countries, will be on display from Monday, November 2nd until Thursday, December 17th, 2015. Senses Cultural will also participate in First Fridays on December 4th, 2015, with a discussion, introduction to the photography, and special guest speakers. Anita Heckman, who has been with the organization since 1981, is leading this partnership along with Tata Monfared, Senses Cultural’s founder.
Enduring Power: The Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story, is curated by Sina Araghi, an LA-based photographer, and was first displayed in October 2014 at UC Davis. While at UC Davis, the collection received strong support and wonderful feedback from faculty and students alike. This first exhibition also sparked a roundtable discussion during the opening reception, which led to inspiring and honest exchanges between many notable leaders of Davis’ academic community.
The second exhibition for Enduring Power was just last month, at San Francisco State University, and featured a keynote speech from Karen Koning AbuZayd during the opening reception. Her lifelong commitment to humanitarian causes, most notably her work with the UN in Eastern Sudan, Gaza, Sierra Leone and countless other countries brought insight to the experiences and struggles that many female refugees face.
Senses Cultural looks forward to sharing this powerful photography exhibition with the Santa Cruz community, and knows that RCNV is a perfect match for sharing the stories these women have to tell. For more information regarding RCNV and the photographers featured in this show, please visit RCNV’s calendar.
By Silvana Gargione