Minoo Emami Profile

Minoo Emami – The Aura of War – March 21-April 26

Minoo EmamiThis spring, the Joiner Institute will sponsor “The Aura of War,” a solo gallery show by the independent Iranian artist, Minoo Emami, at the UMass Boston Harbor Gallery. Emami’s visually evocative work responds to war and trauma through imaginative reconstructions of disability and prosthetic limbs. Her paintings and three dimensional sculptures take prosthetic legs, a symbol of the permanent consequences of war, as a main focus and re-imagines them through color, shape and distinctively Persian patterns. Emami’s work is an act of healing from war and encourages others to engage in the practice of peacemaking through creative art and expression.

Minoo Emami, a Kurdish based, self-taught painter, was born in Iran. In her teens, the Islamic Revolution occurred in Iran and soon afterwards the war with Iraq started. At eighteen, she married a wounded soldier in the Tehran public hospital without awareness of the fact that, thirty years later, the consequences of war would be the most enduring theme in her work. Living with a wounded veteran motivated her to choose war as the focus of her artistic project. Emami has exhibited her works worldwide and published two catalogues, one in 2007 (Iran) and another in 2012 (Iraq). She has been appreciated for her voluntary participation in art shows by UNCHR and the UNWFP in Tehran. 

“The Aura of War” will be on view March 21st-April 26th at the Harbor Gallery in the McCormack Hall on the UMass campus. The opening reception will be Thursday, March 31st from 4:00-7:00 pm. A panel discussion titled “Women, Art, and the Legacy of War,” will be held in the gallery on Tuesday, April 5th at 1:00 pm. The panel, featuring the artist along with UMass Boston and Harvard faculty members, will examine the intersections of war and its effect on women’s lives and creative expression. A workshop for veterans and students will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00pm. 

Co-sponsors for this show include the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, UMass Boston’s Honors College, Women and Gender Studies Department, MFA program, and by a Creative Economies Initiative Fund grant from the University of Massachusetts’ President’s Office under the title “Healing the Wounds of War through Art, Theater, and Community Engagement.”