Maryam Amirvaghefi
Maryam Amirvaghefi
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Find My Greatest Failure #2

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Find My Greatest Failure #1

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Find My Greatest Failure #3

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Sorry All Of Us Just Ran Away

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They Were Burning

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Air MARMAR New Release

Gallery Reserve - For Viewing Only

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I Barely Heard the Fireworks

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Lovely Loser

About Maryam Amirvaghefi

Maryam Amirvaghefi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1989. Amiravghefi’s works are the mixed media medium of painting, video art, and sculpture pieces. She graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Art with an MFA. She completed her BFA at the Sooreh Art University, Tehran, Iran, in 2013. She is currently working at the University of Arkansas School of Art as an assistant director of exhibitions and instructor. She has had group shows in Tehran, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the USA. Her works have been published in Al-Tiba Magazine, New Media Art 2018, CICA Museum, WOTISART Art Magazine, Studio Visit magazine, and Average Art Magazine. In addition to her studio practice, Amirveghefi has curated two shows from Iranian and American young artists in Tehran. Iran and Fayetteville. USA and co-curated exhibitions that feature artists such as Laleh Khorramian, Barb Smith, Tauba Auerbach, Corin Hewitt, Trudy Benson, Tara Donovan, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Nikole Cherubini, Jenny Holzer, and many others.

My work is presented as an autobiography that is gender-based. As a female artist and specifically a female artist from the Middle East, I have to deal with the negative view toward women who are from authoritarian regimes. People expect to see these women as weak and submissive. I wonder if it is possible for me to ‘win’, whether in life or the art-world. In trying to reconcile my situation, I have determined that sports, more specifically, sports-related imagery, are legitimate vehicles for exploring notions of ethnicity, gender, and politics. By putting myself at the center of the work and by focusing on the autobiographical, I can consider the political and personal views surrounding a young woman who lives under constant uncertainty in the United States. The worlds of art and sports are not very different. Both have the ability to convey emotion, illustrate the internal conflict, and create lasting memories. In addition, each of them plays an important role in the culture and history of my motherland, Iran, as well as in the United States, where I currently live and work. Although, at first glance, arts and sports seem to be opposite cultural practices, I believe that both are unique in that they often overlap and create new memories that do not entirely reside in either genre. Sports and art both require you to use your mind and your body at the same time. What we do in art and sports are learned through repetition and exercise. In this body of work, my goal was to explore ways in which art and sports provide a forum to highlight social structure, gender equality, nationality, political issues.

About the art

Maryam Amirvaghefi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1989. Amiravghefi’s works are the mixed media medium of painting, video art, and sculpture pieces. She graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Art with an MFA. She completed her BFA at the Sooreh Art University, Tehran, Iran, in 2013. She is currently working at the University of Arkansas School of Art as an assistant director of exhibitions and instructor. She has had group shows in Tehran, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the USA. Her works have been published in Al-Tiba Magazine, New Media Art 2018, CICA Museum, WOTISART Art Magazine, Studio Visit magazine, and Average Art Magazine. In addition to her studio practice, Amirveghefi has curated two shows from Iranian and American young artists in Tehran. Iran and Fayetteville. USA and co-curated exhibitions that feature artists such as Laleh Khorramian, Barb Smith, Tauba Auerbach, Corin Hewitt, Trudy Benson, Tara Donovan, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Nikole Cherubini, Jenny Holzer, and many others.

My work is presented as an autobiography that is gender-based. As a female artist and specifically a female artist from the Middle East, I have to deal with the negative view toward women who are from authoritarian regimes. People expect to see these women as weak and submissive. I wonder if it is possible for me to ‘win’, whether in life or the art-world. In trying to reconcile my situation, I have determined that sports, more specifically, sports-related imagery, are legitimate vehicles for exploring notions of ethnicity, gender, and politics. By putting myself at the center of the work and by focusing on the autobiographical, I can consider the political and personal views surrounding a young woman who lives under constant uncertainty in the United States. The worlds of art and sports are not very different. Both have the ability to convey emotion, illustrate the internal conflict, and create lasting memories. In addition, each of them plays an important role in the culture and history of my motherland, Iran, as well as in the United States, where I currently live and work. Although, at first glance, arts and sports seem to be opposite cultural practices, I believe that both are unique in that they often overlap and create new memories that do not entirely reside in either genre. Sports and art both require you to use your mind and your body at the same time. What we do in art and sports are learned through repetition and exercise. In this body of work, my goal was to explore ways in which art and sports provide a forum to highlight social structure, gender equality, nationality, political issues.