Hadi Salehi at USC Fisher Museum

ART AND HOPE AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Curated by Edward Goldman.

USC Fisher Museum of Art
823 Exposition Blvd. HAR 126, Los Angeles, CA 90089

On view September 10 to December 9.

We are pleased to share that works by analogue photographer Hadi Salehi will be on exhibit at the USC Fisher Museum of Art as part of “Art and Hope at the End of the Tunnel,” curated by Edward Goldman.

Artist Statement

During the past year under lockdown, Hadi Salehi has had time to reflect and look inward. Early on in the pandemic, the 70 year old LA based analogue photographer began combing through his extensive archive of prints and film, eventually coming across a series of never before used photos from 2015. First, the artist developed each image by hand using the gelatin silver print process on ilford warm tone double weight fiber based paper, then Salehi began experimenting with combining the images through layering and collage.
Throughout this cathartic process, Salehi contemplates the past, reflecting on the shifting nature of memory. This became the basis of the Reconfigured series. Remembering the joys and sorrows of his life, Salehi realized that his feelings toward certain memories had changed as time went on, his present self retouching and at times reconstructing the past altogether. Salehi works to embody this complex feeling in the Reconfigured series, where images are cut, broken, and disintegrated, only to take on new life once combined with other prints.

About the Exhibition

USC Fisher Museum of Art is proud to announce the opening of our Fall 2021 exhibition, “Art and hope at the end of the Tunnel”, a group show curated by renowned art critic Edward Goldman and featuring dozens of artists who call the Los Angeles area home.
The concept of the exhibition emerged out of the bleakness and ambiguity in the initial stages of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Goldman, who was still able to visit artists in their studios, asked the question “how has this difficult time affected your art-making?”. To his delight, the artists responded that it had allowed them to spend more time in their studio, creating art that had more focus and deeper meaning, giving Edward hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The USC Fisher Museum of art presents “Art and Hope at the End of the Tunnel”, featuring artists such as Gaijin Fujita, Pam Douglas, David Hicks, Keiko Fukazawa, Lezley Saar, Manfred Muller, and Ferrari Sheppard among many others, is a celebration of the resilience of the Los Angeles art-making community and each individual artist’s ability to adapt and thrive.

About Edward Goldman

For more than 30 years, Edward Goldman was an art critic and host of “Art Talk,” a weekly program that aired prime-time Tuesday evenings during All Things Considered on LA’s largest NPR affiliate, KCRW 89.9 FM. Edward also contributed weekly art reports to the Huffington Post.
Both fearless and fun, Edward is a favorite on-air presence, offering a unique “accent” on art. Born and educated in Russia and formerly employed by the famed Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he offers impassioned views on what he sees in galleries and museums and at cultural events throughout the world, and he is not afraid to “speak truth to power.

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