ARTogether, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that provides creative spaces and resources for refugees and immigrants in the Bay Area, presents ‘Shadows and Light’, an exhibition of the works of three promising, young female artists from the Bay Area. Through diverse artistic mediums, Samira Akbari, Somaieh Amini, and Farnaz Tasbihgoo explore their idea of home, both the unknown and the familiar.
Photographer Farnaz Tasbihgoo has degrees in fine art and photography as well as an MFA in photography. Born in Tehran and based in the Bay Area, she is both an artist and a teacher, and is passionate about imparting the love of art (and science!) to young children. Her collection, titled “Lost childhood”, explores the material remains of war, of homes abandoned, and childhoods uprooted. Artist/sculptor Samira Akbari brings her background in architecture and design to each of her pieces. Through her work, she explores the human condition, the faces, the bodies, and the stories they tell. Samira has lived and studied in Iran, India and US and in addition to creating art, works at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Somaieh Aminiis a painter and artist whose portfolio covers a wide variety of mediums and styles. Having lived in Iran and Italy before moving to the United States, Somaieh draws influences from many cultures and aesthetics. Her collection for this exhibition, titled “My neighborhood”, is the artist’s way of building a connection to her new home in the United States.
The exhibition runs from June 7th to July 5th.
Co-presented by ARTogether and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.