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Taraneh Hemami and Roula Seikaly


Interview with Taraneh Hemami

[Source: Bulletin, a Theory of Survival Publication, by Taraneh Hemami, 2015.]

Taraneh Hemami is a San Francisco-based artist and arts educator whose work is known internationally. Born in Tehran, Hemami emigrated to the the United States to attend college in 1978. Roula Seikaly spoke with the artist about the publication entitled Bulletin, its relationship to Hemami’s ongoing collaborative project Theory of Survival, and the potential for archives to influence past, present, and future narratives. Roula Seikaly (RS): Let's talk about Bulletin. It’s ...

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Taraneh Hemami works with materials of history, organizing collected images, stories, and information that weave complementary and contradictory narratives, revealing the complexities and connections across cultures. Her recent works highlight the collective struggle within Iran and its diaspora, investigating the universal connections between radical movements across times and geographies. Theory of Survival's historical archive includes one of a kind historic books as well as scores of rare underground publications distributed for political advocacy and influence that reflect Iranian and Bay Area history during these critical years.


Roula Seikaly is curator for the Saint Francis Foundation corporate collection and a writer based in San Francisco. Her writing is featured on platforms including Humble Arts Foundation, LensCulture, Saint Lucy, Strange Fire Collective, and KQED Arts. She has curated exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Triple Base Gallery, and SOMArts.