SOURCE: 18th Street Arts Center

January 27, 2016 11:05 ET

18th Street Arts Center Presents Residency and Solo Exhibition by Tel Aviv-Based Artist Elham Rokni

Video and Paintings Investigating Hope as a Refugee

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - January 27, 2016) - 18th Street Arts Center, a top US artist residency program, presents a residency and exhibition by visiting artist, Tel Aviv-based Elham Rokni in its Atrium Gallery, with a reception on Saturday, February 6-8pm. Rokni's residency is made possible by a grant from the Y & S Nazarian Family Foundation. The exhibition features new works centered around a home-movie video piece titled The Wedding and is on view until March 12, 2016.

Rokni's works in video installation and drawing use her personal history, as a refugee from Iran who settled in Israel, to explore collective experiences of loss and displacement. Alternating between dreamscape and documentary, Rokni's works investigate the disconnection between people's hopes and expectations and their realities. She uses art to describe the imaginative, unconscious dimensions of experience. The exhibition, also title The Wedding, features paintings in addition to video work. The ceremony featured in the show is her parents'. It took place during the halcyon days before Iran's popular revolution gave way to a religious fundamentalist regime.

Elham Rokni received her BFA and MFA from Bezalel Academy in Israel. She has participated in international film festivals and has received grants from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Yehushua Rabinovich Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts, and the Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema in Israel. Her works can be found in various private collections.

Rokni's work will be presented in two simultaneous solo exhibitions, at 18th Street Arts Center and also at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery in Venice, CA. Additionally her work Crossing the Dune is included in the exhibition Islamic Art Now, Part 2, currently on view, and in the permanent collection at LACMA.

The Wedding
Exhibition: January 19 - March 12, 2016
Reception: February 20, 6-8pm
18th Street Arts Center | Space
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404


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