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Thursday, March 14,2013

Short films, big subject manner

Filmmaker explores the 'psycho-geography' of Iran

by Marisol Dorantes
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Thursday, March 14 — The Broad Art Museum is showcasing three short films by videographer and painter Bahar Behbahani at 7 tonight. The presentation will be followed by an introduction of the artist and a Q&A session conducted by the Broad’s Director, Michael Rush.

The films — “Saffron Tea,” “Ride the Caspian” and “Saffron” — delve into the Iran’s “psycho-geography,” a name that’s been given to the manner in which Iranians feel compelled to straddle separate their private and public lives. Behbahani, an Iranian artist living and working in New York, was born and raised in Tehran. Growing up in Iran, Behbahani witnessed the delicate balance of multiple personas citizens adopt in order to survive in an unstable regime. The issues of Iran’s past continue to be relevant and Behbahani’s art shines light on them.

“‘Ride the Caspian’ is a two-channel film,” said Tammy Fortin, Broad MSU Curatorial Program Manager. “It shows two different scenes at the same time to contrast the actions of the people in two different environments.”

Attendees will be able to ask questions and talk to the artist. Tickets for the event are being sold on the Broad Art Museum website. Advanced tickets to the general public are $6, members and non-member students are $3 and student members have free admission. A limited amount of tickets are available at the door for an additional $3 per ticket.
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