Theory of Survival is a residency with Taraneh Hemami that
invites a cross generation of Iranian and Iranian-American artists to
engage with an archive of posters, publications, and documents
belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California,
active from 1960-1982. This project turns the
gallery space into an evolving laboratory for exchange and
collaboration, exploring the unique collection that reflects the local
history of Iranian immigrants in these politically critical years. The
archive, which includes numerous publications, theoretical discourse,
original essays, translations, as well as newspapers and documents, will
be processed for partial contribution to the Library of Congress and
the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies Center at
Stanford at the end of the residency.
Theory of Survival is a continuation of Hemami's CrossConnections project that engages the Iranian and Iranian-American diaspora
community in an intergenerational, creative dialogue about issues of
cultural identity, preservation, and representation.