Monir

The documentary looks at the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, whose work first came to attention in the 1970s when she pioneered new forms of geometric mirror works. She created an artistic language that was informed by ancient Iranian craft as well as modern American masters such as Barnett Newman and Frank Stella. The film provides a close-up view into a woman’s artistic career that has spanned over half a century. It explores a range of factors that have made her one of the most innovative and influential artists of the Middle East; from her method of constructing mirror mosaics to uncovering her past, the extreme political changes in her own country and her subsequent migration to New York. The camera meets Monir, now back in Tehran after 30 years. Her return sparked at artistic rebirth and although she is now aged 90, she is at the peak of her career.

(Monir) / HDV / 54 minutes / 2014 / English & Farsi / 2014

Photo by: Nasser Haghighi