Minoo Emami: Under My Veil

Minoo Emami, 4 Walls, 2022, Assemblages of screen-prints on acrylic and patina copper plates with hand-painted tiles mounted on plywood

Minoo Emami, Please Help Yourself, 2019, Colored pencil on paper

Minoo Emami, Suspended in Blue, 2019, Inkjet prints

Minoo Emami, In a Heartbeat, 2023, Laser-etched prints on handmade Abaca paper with light

Minoo Emami, #74, 2019, Inkjet prints

Minoo Emami, Sing a Song with Me, 2022, Installation with printed chiffon, fabric sculptures, light, and audio

Minoo Emami, So, I Can Fly, 2021, Digital collage and transfer photo images on canvas and wood with acrylic paint and a green neon light

Minoo Emami, (L) Self Portrait, 2009, (R) Us, 2006, Acrylic on canvas

Minoo Emami, I Put a Spell on You, 2020, Acrylic, marker, and collage on canvas

Minoo Emami, Goli, 2015, Handmade tiles, cast brass, resin, and prosthetic foot

Minoo Emami: Under My Veil

Joseloff Gallery

September 21 – December 16, 2023

Themes of resistance and resilience cut through the multidisciplinary work of Iranian artist Minoo Emami, who helms the exhibit, Minoo Emami: Under My Veil. This retrospective exhibition highlights the artist’s early career as a self-taught painter, alongside experiments in sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, and installation art that come together to transform the trauma of war and oppression into objects of beauty and hope. Significantly, the exhibition includes new, never-before-seen work created in response to the Women’s Rights Movement in Iran.

The exhibition and associated programming present an opportunity to learn about Persian aesthetics, Islamic customs, and the events in modern Iranian history that inform Minoo Emami’s work, just as it is a chance to reflect on the state of human rights and social justice movements within our own geopolitical landscape.

During the first weeks of Minoo Emami: Under My Veil in Joseloff Gallery, the Silpe Gallery features the artist’s recent video work, as well as a collaborative artmaking activity. For the Body Quilt project, visitors are invited to participate in stitching together Emami’s early “antiwar” paintings to create a massive quilt, culminating in a performance and a sacrificial burning of the quilt held at the University of Hartford in solidarity with those who continue to fight for human rights in Iran and elsewhere. 

About the Artist

Minoo Emami is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist with over 25 years dedicated to art practice, teaching, and exhibition. She was a self-thought painter when she moved to the U.S. and began her formal art education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in January 2015. She earned a BFA from Tufts University in May 2019. Minoo received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in May 2021.

Minoo has given talks and presentations at universities and institutions in the U.S. and taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Minoo is the recipient of the SMFA Biot Award in painting in 2016 and the Hanse Sculpture Garden Grant by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2020.

Minoo’s artworks have been written about and exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. Her work has been collected privately and within the permanent collection of the Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, and at Lettre International in Berlin, Germany.