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Pamela Karimi


Weapons of the Resilient: A Postscript to "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World"

[Gohar Dashti. Untitled #2, 2008. Inkjet print, 70 X 105 cm. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.]

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World (27 August 2013 – 12 January 2014) a photography exhibit curated by Kristen Gresh at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), had a surprise at its heart—that images of seemingly passive subjects, such as a veiled woman or a listless harem girl, could in fact be powerful agents. Emphasizing the voices of the powerless, the show evoked James C. Scott’s exposés of everyday forms of resistance (as described in ...

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Pamela Karimi


Pamela Karimi is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She earned her PhD in the history and theory of art and architecture from MIT in 2009. Previously, Karimi taught at Brandeis University, NYU, Wellesley College, and Lawrenceville School. Her work has been acknowledged by the American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, American Association of University Women, and the UMass President Creative Economy Initiatives Fund, among others.

Her articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in several venues, including Persica, Perspecta, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The Art Journal, Thresholds, Bidoun, The Arab Studies Journal, CAA Reviews, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Rhetoric of the Image: Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East, Governing by Design: Architecture and Crisis from Modernization to Sustainability, and A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture 1960-2010.

She is the author of Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of a special journal volume, Images of the Child and Childhood in Modern Muslim Contexts (Duke University Press, 2012). She serves on the editorial team of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture.