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Iranzamin Talks Series

April – August 2021 Powerhouse Museum

A monthly talks series exploring Persian art and culture, inspired by the Iranzamin exhibition.


IRANZAMIN CURATOR TALK ON JAQUES CADRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF PERSIAN CARPET’S BEAUTY IN AUSTRALIA

17 April 2021, Talk 2.30 – 3.30 pm

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Curator Iranzamin, Pedram Khosronejad, will speak about Jacques Cadry’s contribution to the understanding of Persian carpet’s beauty in Australia. This talk will be a joint conversation with members of the Cadry family, followed by a Q&A session.

Jacques Cadry was a pioneer of the rug trade in Australia, having established Cadrys in Sydney soon after his arrival from Iran in 1952. Cadrys remains a family business to this day.

Pedram Khosronejad is a socio-cultural and visual anthropologist of Iran, the Persianate societies, and the Middle East. His research includes late nineteenth and early twentieth century Persian art and material culture, photography, and traditional crafts.


TALK BY DR MAHROO MOOSAVI: DE-TERRITORIALISING ISLAMIC ART HISTORY

15 May 2021, 2.30pm – 3.30 pm

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In this talk Dr Mahroo Moosavi will speak about de-territorialising Islamic art history. The talk will question the habits of thought in the study of Islamic art history, especially in Persianate arts, by working between different forms of artistic production. It proposes an alternate way of discussing art history, allowing encounters with (rather than the ‘labelling’ of art) to guide the analysis and produce nuanced understandings that are informed by socio-cultural and religious discourses.

Dr Mahroo Moosavi is a lecturer in architectural history and theory at the University of Sydney, Bahari fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book at University of Oxford and Oliver Smithies lecturer at Balliol College at University of Oxford.


IRANZAMIN CURATOR TALK ON FLORENCE BROADHURST

19 June 2021, 2.30pm – 3.30 pm

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Curator Iranzamin, Dr Pedram Khosronejad will speak about the influence of Persian culture on Australian painter and textile designer Florence Broadhurst. Find out more about the Powerhouse Collection of original Broadhurst wallpaper prints titled Persian Phoenix (Simorgh), Persian Birds, and Persian Pomegranates and Flowers. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Dr Pedram Khosronejad is a socio-cultural and visual anthropologist of Iran, the Persianate societies, and the Middle East. His research includes late nineteenth and early twentieth century Persian art and material culture, photography, and traditional crafts.


TALK BY DR SAM BOWKERWHAT SHOULD AUSTRALIANS KNOW ABOUT PERSIAN ART

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Dr Sam Bowker will respond to the themes of the Iranzamin exhibition via the work of contemporary Persian artists in the global diaspora, and asks the question ‘What should Australians know about Persian art?’

Dr Sam Bowker is the Senior Lecturer in Art History & Visual Culture for Charles Sturt University. Among other things, he teaches Islamic Art and Design and researches this vast field from contemporary Australian perspectives.


TALK BY DR PEYVAND FIROUZEHMATERIAL CULTURE OF SUFISM IN EARLY MODERN IRAN

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Drawing on the objects displayed in the Iranzamin exhibition, this talk will explore the role that objects, materials, and calligraphy played in the life of Sufis (ie, Islamic mystics). What rituals, narratives, and meanings were created around these objects? In what settings would they be used and what sensorial responses did they evoke? What glimpses can such material objects give us into a spiritual way of life?

Dr Peyvand Firouzeh is Lecturer in Islamic Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney. She specialises in medieval and early modern art and material culture from the Islamic world.


IRANZAMIN CURATOR TALK ON IMMIGRANTS OF PERSIA AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERSIAN ARTS IN AUSTRALIA 

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Curator Iranzamin, Pedram Khosronejad, will talk about Immigrants of Persia and their contributions to the development of Persian Arts in Australia. The talk will be followed by a Q & A session.

Pedram Khosronejad is a socio-cultural and visual anthropologist of Iran, the Persianate societies, and the Middle East. His research includes late nineteenth and early twentieth century Persian art and material culture, photography, and traditional crafts.

 

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