Trees and Crows: Abbas Kiarostami

9 March - 4 April 2009

This exhibition presents Abbas Kiarostami's Trees and Crows photographic series. Kiarostami is a photographer, filmmaker, painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and poet. After graduating from Tehran University with a degree in painting, he started work as a graphic designer. He began taking photographs of Iranian landscapes in the late 1970s, and since then has held over fifty exhibitions worldwide. At the age of thirty, he began his career as a filmmaker, making numerous award-winning films, becoming one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Iranian cinema. His awards include, First Prize, Fourth Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy, 1974; Prize of International Confederation of Art Cinemas, Forty-Second Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1989; Prize for Best Director, Fifth Dunkirk International Film Festival, France, 1991; Special Prize, Twenty-Seventh Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy, 1997; Lifetime Achievement Award, Third Beirut Film Festival, Lebanon, 2000; and Glory to the Filmmaker Award, Venice Film Festival, 2008. Exhibitions of his work have been held in France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Germany, London, Russia, China, Japan, US, and Canada.