Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, the Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at Oklahoma State University, curated a photography exhibition titled "Re-Imagining Iranian African Slavery: photography as material culture" that will be on display at the University of California at Davis May 10 through June 27 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center.
The exhibition focuses on the overlooked study of race and ethnicity in the field of Iranian photography. The photographs showcase Africans enslaved during the Qajar period of the 1840s-1920s and are considered to be a new topic in the field of visual studies of modern Iran. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
This is the first ever photo exhibition organized in the United States that uses photographs of the Qajar and early Pahlavi periods to study the level of ability of the medium as material culture. Dr. Khosronejad will speak on this topic at the exhibition’s opening Thursday, May 10, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Buehler Alumni Center.
The photographs included in the exhibition are from the Dr. A. Fazel Visual Archive, Media Collection and Digital Resources (Oklahoma State University), the Kimia Foundation (U.S.A), and the Farhad and Firouzeh Diba Collection of Qajar Photographs (Spain).
The exhibition is sponsored by the Mellon Research Initiative Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds and co-sponsored by Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and the Art History Program at UC Davis in cooperation with the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of Global Studies & Partnerships/School of Media & Strategic Communications
Oklahoma State University
201 Wes Watkins Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078