Enduring Power’s Next Stop to be UCSC Women’s Centerposted on 19 Feb 2016 | post

Senses Cultural’s traveling photography exhibition, Enduring Power: The Middle Eastern and Iranian Women’s Story, is scheduled to be displayed at a new location to kick-off the upcoming year.  The UCSC Women’s Center, which recently relocated to the Cardiff House, will play host to this powerful exhibition of female photographers as part of the Sister Solidarity 2016 event.   Senses believes that the Women’s Center mission statement –  “to affirm the dignity and diversity of all women” – will be strongly supported and celebrated by the Enduring Power exhibition, and is very proud to be collaborating with this organization.  Coordinated by Women’s Center director Sonia Montoya, the exhibition will be on display from February 18th until March 11th, 2016.

Senses’ traveling photo exhibition, Enduring Power: The Middle Eastern and Iranian Women’s Story, features the stunning work of seven female photographers.  Their intimate, honest and often vulnerable work allows viewers to step into the everyday struggles and celebrations of the Middle Eastern and Iranian woman.

Photographer Hamideh Zolfaghari world renown and winner of many gold medals (http://www.hamidehz.com/htmls/biography.php) is a talented contributor to Senses Cultural.  Her works has been featured heavily in Senses Cultural’s photography exhibition Enduring Power.

As Hamideh beautifully states, “I wish my pictures to be a testament to the heroism, frustrations, joys, and sorrows of the forgotten”.  With that mission in mind, Hamideh has generously offered to donate 50% of her art sales from future Senses Cultural events to support Senses Cultural Scholarship for benefiting women and children dealing with Autism and other neurodevelopment disorders throughout the Middle East and worldwide. http://beingdemo.com/sc/artists/the-photographic-work-of-ms-hamideh-zolfaghari-2/

Curated by LA-based photographer, Sina Araghi, and produced by Senses Cultural founder, Tata Monfared, Enduring Power has been met with great interest and support since the initial showing at UC Davis in October 2014.

Most recently, the Resource Center for Nonviolence hosted this exhibition with a corresponding film series, curated by RCNV’s Anita Heckman, in part to celebrate International Human Rights Day.  Senses Cultural is grateful that this powerful collaboration of film and photography was possible at RCNV, and looks forward to the continued support and feedback

by Silvana Gargione

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