Artist Projects


Taraneh Hemami

Fabrications is a pop-up bazaar of ideas and ideologies that celebrates movements of dissent in Iran and its diaspora through the production of collected historical archives in hand-crafted replications, using the traditional bazaar architecture. Using hand-made and manufactured wares and objects which carefully replicate portraits, logos, slogans and maps, the project creates memorials to time, place and people, while building a repository of knowledge that make visible an otherwise unaccounted for history. Fabrications is part of the larger Theory of Survival project, which, since 2007, has amassed historical archives from local communities and the web through residencies and collective efforts. This material includes decades of otherwise banned and censored printed matter belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California, which was active from 1964-84 and reflects the political sensibilities of its time.

Project Updates

  • 2013-14: Hemami completed a residency at CIIS in collaboration with The Arts at CIIS and the Anthropology and Social Change (ASC) program.

  • 2014: Hemami premieres Fabrications in an exhibition at Southern Exposure in San Francisco

  • 2013: Hemami presents Resistance, a solo exhibition at the Luggage Store in San Francisco from January through March