Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Shahrzad Ahrar

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This week I visited the Dutzi Gallery and viewed Shahrzad Ahrar’s collection.  This gallery was different from the others, to me personally, because her pieces stirred emotions.

There was a wall with four graphic-like art pieces.  I was really surprised to find out these pieces were inspired by four different immigrant individuals the artist actually interviewed. Shahrzad Ahrar asked each person thirty questions, including why they immigrated to America from their home country. Using their responses, the artist created the pieces.  She tried to reflect their emotions, as well as her understanding of them.  It was very cool to hear their recorded voices while we viewed the different pieces.  One of the four included images of soldiers, various maps of countries, rockets, and fires.

I personally really enjoyed this gallery because I was able to clearly see and feel the inspirations behind the artist’s artworks.  I felt as if I had spoken with the four different individuals, and was able to get a glimpse of their hardships and life experiences.

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