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Gita Meh

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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tehran
Birth year
27 Feb 1963
Lives in
Dubai, Tehran, Los Angeles
Works in
Fields; Visual Arts, Creative & Critical Writing, Curator
Representing galleries
Tashkeel, Hoor, Tehran, Phantom Galleries LA, Dubai
Statement

Gita Meh

I examine how identity is shaped by differences in language, gender, ethnicity and culture, desire, exile, solitude and freedom.  I allow each spectator to re-create his or her own experience of my created cross-cultural spaces.  My art adds a new substance to multiculturalism, giving advancement to the nearing of cultural differences between East and West.  My work introduces a dialog that critiques the human form, human word and the human home.  My art speaks about distributions of cultures.  I take the initiative using my cross-cultural resources to achieve a broader form of integration.

My work creates visual thinking.  I understand my initial impulse to form and word.  I work on diverse canvases of textural material.  Female bodies transfigure from nude to veiled into Alpha beta. Woman’s removed body hair becomes surrounding walls.  Onions become an abundance of nourishing breasts. Glitter is brushed as if paint.  Scanner becomes my digital camera.  Sugar becomes a projection screen as images melt.  Hand painted fountain tiles become architectural facades. Persian carpets become my white canvas.  Painted laptops convert to flying carpets.  Koranic verse becomes running horses.  Fresh apples become paintings and hang from the ceiling till they disintegrate in time.  I describe my own identity, my cross-integration of Theology and Technology.  I fire clay homes to build my own cities.  And food becomes digestible art.  As I express my visual vocabulary in a desire to point dot by dot to contemporary Islam and the west in this present.  

 

In 1979 the Islamic Revolution marked for me the beginning of a new avant-garde forms of visual expression in Iran.  It was in 1983 during Iran Iraq War that my parents had to migrate to the West.  Where I continued to study and pursuit art.  My ongoing body of work deconstructs my Middle Eastern culture with my western education to reconstruct and reinforce the best of both traditions.  My work promotes multiculturalism by using visual and written languages as tools to form a space of human interaction and cultural integration.  I draw from my personal history and its implications in modern Middle Eastern society to reconstruct the notion of Islamic art through conceptual art.


Solo Exhibitions

2008    From Line To Text, Phantom Galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA

      Tashkeel Gallery, Ways of Veiling, Dubai, UAE                                  Soffreh, Meaning Tablecloth In Farsi, Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai, UAE

            Migratory Patterns, Hoor Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 Metaoracle, paintings, Gallery One, Beyond Persia, San Francisco, CA

2006 Soffreh, slide installation, IMAN, Los Angeles, CA

            Passage, paintings, Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Metamorphosis, paintings, Athens Art Space, Athens, Greece

2005    No Stopping In Searching, paintings, Polytropon Gallery, Kalamata, Greece

            How A House Became Home & Home A Temple, paintings, Los Angeles, CA

2003    Soffreh, food installation, Inmo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Soffreh, permanent installation, Watt Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

             Soffreh, food installation, Inmo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002    Chadoor Study, paintings & installations, SheatStudio, Los Angeles, CA

1999     Say Ya Ali Then Exit On Exile, paintings, Khane-ye Honarmandan-e Iran   

1996     From Virtual To Reality, installation, Main Gallery, Valencia, CA

              Soffreh: Meaning Tablecloth, installation, Gallery D301, Valencia, CA

1995    Removal & Regrowth, open studio, Valencia, CA

1994    Walls Veils & Words, Gallery D2, Valencia, CA

1992    Families In Frames, Gallery D3, Valencia, CA

1991    Wounded Wishes & Wind, paintings, Art Gallery, Den Huge, Nederland’s

1990    I Formed My Arch, paintings, Gallery Shilling, Schorndorf, Germany

 

Group Exhibition

2008      Vibrations Withtin, Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai, UAE

This Is Me, Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai Art Fair, UAE

Alef Ba Meaning Alphabet, XVA Gallery, Creek Art Fair, Dubai, UAE

Arabian Home Show, Dubai, UAE

Poetics, Contemporary Museum of Art, MOCA Tehran, Eight Biennale of Iranian Painters, Tehran, Iran

Be Creative, Dubai Ladies Club, Dubai, UAE

In The Streets of Liberty, Gallery One, San Francisco, CA

2007     Work and Survivor, Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, Audio installation, Project Susan Lacy, Los Angeles, CA

            In the Hanging Garden, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Fragments and Colors, Regent Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            From Kabba to N.Y, Red Dot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006    Unusual, Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005    Seven Sins, Pacific Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

2004    Apple, paintings & installation, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003    Trilingual Prayer, video installation, 18th street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA

            Soffreh, video installation, Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA

2003    Chadoor, performance art, Cross Roads, Los Angeles, CA

2002    Chadoor, performance, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2001    Overflowing, AlefBa meaning Alphabet, Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Chadoor, performance, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

            Alef Ba, Artists/Writing/Reading Room III, Side Street Project, Los Angeles, CA

2000    In Between Alphabets, paintings, House of Iranian Artists, Tehran, Iran

1997 Semi Skin, video projection, LETIT BE, Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles, CA

1995    Black Novel in Argentina: A Novel by Luisa Valenzuela, art director, Ensemble Theater II, Valencia, CA  

1994     Selected Paintings, Soffitel Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

1993 Title me not, Women Exhibition, Tehran, Iran

1991    Simorgh, Contemporary Museum of Art, MOCA Tehran, First Biennial of Iranian Painters, Tehran, Iran

1990    Iranian Art Expo, Selected paintings, Tehran, Iran

 

Curatorial

2009     Global Migration, A group exhibition, Phantom Galleries LA, TBA, CA

2007     Migration Study, A group exhibition, Phantom galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA

 

Publications

2007 Sin, Cover Art, Book of Poetry, Poems of Forugh Farokhzad, Translated by Sholeh Wolpe

2005 At Time Attar, At Time at Far, Persian Heritage, Poem,  Vol. 10, No. 40 Winter, Passaic, NJ

2001 Alefba Meaning Alphabet, Limited Edition, Los Angeles, CA

1982 Alefba, Children’s book, Vezarate Ershade Eslami, Tehran, Iran

 

Reviews

2008 Gulf  News, Jan 9, pg. 16, 17, Dubai, UAE

Gulf Today, Jan 7, pg.4, Dubai, UAE

Khalij Times, Jan 7, pg. 8, Dubai, UAE

Al Fajr, Jan 7, pg. 4, Dubai, UAE

Al Ittehad, Jan 7, pg. 9, Dubai, UAE

Al Bayan, Jan 3, pg. 26, Dubai, UAE

Khalij Times, Jan 9, pg. 8, Dubai, UAE

Al Khalij, Jan 3, pg. 31, Dubai, UAE

Emarat Al Youm, Jan 6, pg.28, Dubai, UAE

Al Bayan, Jan 7, pg. 37, Dubai, UAE

Khalij Times, Jan 8, pg. 2, Dubai, UAE

2007  LA Weekly, Pick of the week, Migration Study, Peter Frank, September 6,

         Los Angeles, CA

           Downtown News, Migration Study, August, Los Angeles, CA

          Utube, Migration Study, Online Magazine, Los Angeles, CA

2006    Peter Frank, Inscribing the Body, Exhibition Catalogue, Passage, November 6, pg. 2, Los                     Angeles, CA

            Art In America, March, N.Y, N.Y

            Reviews in Athens News & other leading art publications, April 9,  Athens, Greece

            Reviews in Athens News & other leading art publications, April 10, Athens, Greece

         Reviews in Athens News & other leading art publications, April 11, Athens, Greece

         Reviews in Athens News & other leading art publications, April 12, Athens, Greece

         Reviews in Athens News & other leading art publications, April 13, Athens, Greece

2005    George Zymarakis, Birth of A Star, Gallery Guide, November, pgs. 9, 34, 35, Athens, Greece

            Gioula Sardeli, Every Window Has A Story, Freedom Newspaper, October, 13, pg, 2, 10,   Athens, Greece

             Anna Resbani, When Paintings Travel, Current Affairs, October, 12, pg. 2, 10, Kalamata, Greece

            Anna Resbani, Gita Sees the Beauty Of The World & Turns that Knowing Into Paintings, Current Affairs, October, 13, pgs. 2, 10, Greece

2003    American theater, 9/11; Polls Assess the Impact, June, pg. 10, Los Angeles, CA

2002    National Woman’s Review, Chadoor Study, pg. 91, Los Angeles, CA

Don Shirley, An Evening Of Drama Clocked In SEP11, December, 22, pg. F8, Los Angeles Times, CA  

2001 Norman Klein, Emptiness Digitalized

1997    Joan Hugo, The Speaking Body And The Disembodied Voice, Forum of Art And Technology, pg. 8, Los Angeles, CA

1994    Amnesty International, Calendar, January, pg. 12, Den Hague, Nederland

1992    MRM, Menshen Rechten Magazine, March, Back Cover, Den Hague, Nederland

            Koshyar Parsi, Poetic Bullets, Kelk; A review of Art and Culture, February, pgs. 244, 245, 246, Tehran, Iran

            ABR, March 31, pg. 10, Den Hague, Nederland                                           

            Andreas Krobberger, Fremdliche  Botschaften, Schorndorfer Stadtnachrichten  September 15, pg. 15, Schorndorf, Germany

            Art and Artist In Judgment, Keyhan Havaye, January 3, pg. 21, London, England

1991    Cultures Integrated In Paintings, Reiner Shauz, The Stuttgarter Zeitung, January 6, pg. 5, Stuttgart, Germany

1991    Movement, Upheaval, Chaos, Keyhan-e Havaye, October 3, pg. 21, London, England

1990    Beauty Is Truth, Steve Snyder, Stuttgart Citizen, November 2, pg. 5, Stuttgart, Germany

 

Broadcast Interviews

2008    Decision Makers, Nile SAT, Dubai, UAE

2007 Your LA, NBC News, Channel Five, Matt Gleson, July, Los Angeles, CA

Homa Sarshar, KIRN Radio, 26 June, Los Angeles, CA

2006    Firouzeh Khatibi, Radio Farda, December 10, Los Angeles, CA

Kio Hojati, Pars times.com, November 20, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Net TV, Cultural News, October 9, Kalamata, Greece

Sohrab Akhavan, Radio Iran, April 20, Los Angeles, CA

            Firouzeh Khatibi, Radio Farda, April 12, Los Angeles, CA

2004    N. Nazemian, 670.AM, 24 Hours Radio, Los Angeles, CA

2003    Faribourz M. Radio Iran, Studio interview, Los Angeles, CA

2003    Pari Esfandiari, IranDokht Online Women Magazine, Los Angeles, CA

2002    Faribourz, 670.AM, Voice of Iran, Los Angeles, CA

1998    Iran Cultural News, TV interview, Tehran, Iran

1994    Shohre Aghdashlou, Interview, TV, Los Angeles, CA

1992    Seda Va Semaye Jomhouri Iran, TV interview, Hamburg Germany

1991    Seda Va Semaye Jomhouri Eslami Iran, TV interview, Hamburg, Germany

1990    Iran Art News, Islamic Republic on Iran, Radio, Tehran, Iran

 

Grants & Scholarships

2006    Watt Industries, 2002-2006, Sponsor, Mr. James Scott Watt, One of the Founders of Contemporary Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, CA

1997 Lulu May & Richard Von Hagen

1996 California Institute of the Arts

1995    National Art Association

Ahmenson Foundation

California Institute of the Arts

1994 National Art Association

1993 California Institute of the Arts

1992 Irvine Foundation

1991 Cultural Attaché of Iran, Köln, Germany

1990 Cultural Attaché of Iran, Köln, Germany

 

 

 

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