The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center will host “Miradas Paralelas (“Parallel Looks”). Iran-Spain: Photographers in the Mirror,” an exhibition that brings together a first encounter between 12 female photographers from Iran and Spain.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center will host “Miradas Paralelas (“Parallel Looks”). Iran-Spain: Photographers in the Mirror,” an exhibition that brings together a first encounter between 12 female photographers from Iran and Spain (Sept. 18 through Dec. 9).

NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center will host “Miradas Paralelas (“Parallel Looks”). Iran-Spain: Photographers in the Mirror,” an exhibition that brings together a first encounter between 12 female photographers from Iran and Spain (Sept. 18 through Dec. 9).

“Miradas Paralelas,” appearing for the first time in the U.S., will commence with an opening reception on Tues., Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and include a panel discussion on Wed., Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Panelists will include curator Zara Fernández; photographers Soledad Córdoba (Spain) and Gohar Dashti (Iran); and Carmen Fernández-Távora, deputy director of the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation. The discussion will be in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation in both languages.

“Miradas Paralelas,” the opening reception, and the panel discussion will all take place at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South [between Sullivan and Thompson Streets], and are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, unless otherwise noted.

Exhibition hours for “Miradas Paralelas” are as follows: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.           
“Miradas Paralelas,” curated by Zara Fernández and Santiago Olmo and composed of 24 images, provides the platform for the first encounter between female photographers from Iran and Spain who, despite their distant origins, surprise us with their affinities.

The exhibit consists of six pairs of photographers, with each pair including four works by a Spanish photographer and an Iranian photographer. Even though photographers had no knowledge of each other’s work, the similarities in style, topic, and composition are remarkable.  They are: Cristina García Rodero and Hengameh Golestan; Isabel Muñoz and Gohar Dashti; Soledad Córdoba and Shadi Gadirian; Amparo Garrido and Rana Javadi; Mayte Vieza and Ghazaleh Hedayat; and María Zarazúa and Newsha Tavakolian.

The exhibition is organized by NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and the Consulate General of Spain in New York and co-sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Spain’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation. Additional support comes from Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Embassy of Iran in Spain, Persépolis Cultural Center in Madrid, and NYU’s Silsila Center for Material Histories.

The touring exhibit was created by the Cultural Association of the Western Mediterranean (MED-OCC) in March 2016 and directed by Zara Fernández de Moya and Diego Moya. The exhibit has previously been shown in Spain and Iran.

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Editor’s Note:
Since 1997, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University has centered on increasing awareness of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at NYU and fostering cultural and intellectual exchange. Having established itself with numerous well-received programs, it offers a wide array of lectures, conferences, readings, screenings, exhibitions, among different special events, with the aim of reaching a growing audience while deepening its commitment to its current constituency. For more, please visit www.kjcc.org.