Taraneh Hemami was the guest curator of an exhibition she called Theory of Survival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The exhibition attracted considerable attention from the local media and the Iranian American communities in the Bay Area. The exhibit included the work of three other Iranian artists: London-based Reza Aramesh, Toronto-based Gita Hashemi, and Berlin-based Leila Pazooki. Each contributor presented a variety of multimedia and installation pieces through which they addressed the experiences of different generations of Iranians who participated in the revolutionary movement of the 1970s and 1980s and its aftermath. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi interviews Taraneh Hemami with the accompanying images.

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