Persbook Art
Persbook Art was founded by Neda Darzi, an accomplished  artist, in 2010. “My goal is to reflect the love that is in everyone’s essence: it is within our reach.” Says Neda. “I strive mightily to communicate the same concept in my own artworks and to indicate the contradiction between my inner world and the restraint of the outer world. Using art as our common ground, I wish for human beings to live in a loving and more peaceful world. Everyone around the globe, regardless of race, religion, color and gender is welcome to join Persbook Art and participate in our annual contest. Persbook Art is created for all artists, giving them the chance to express themselves.”
Pamela Karimi Executive Director:
Pamela Karimi is the executive director of Persbook. She is an Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts. She received her PhD from the History, Theory & Criticism of Art and Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. Her primary field of specialization is art, architecture, and visual culture of the modern Middle East. Her second area of research is design and sustainability in North America. Before joining the Art History faculty at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Karimi taught at Brandeis University, NYU, Wellesley College, and Lawrenceville School. Karimi is the author of Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of Images of the Child and Childhood in Modern Muslim Contexts (Duke, 2012), Reinventing the American Post-Industrial City (Sage, 2015) & The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East: From Napoleon to ISIS (Aggregate Architectural Collaborative, 2016). Her essays and reviews about the modern and contemporary art of the Middle East have appeared in Harvard Design Magazine, ArtMargins, Jadaliyya, Art Journal, Ibraaz, Bidoun, Honar-e Farda, and the Arab Studies Journal, among others. She has held fellowships from Iran Heritage Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the American Association of University Women, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Karimi has been the co-recipient of the University of Massachusetts Creative Economy Fund twice in 2012 and 2016 and in 2014 she earned the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Green Award. Co-founder of Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative and a former member of the editorial team of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Karimi currently serves on the board of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey and is the Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at UMass Dartmouth.
Neda Darzi, Artist, President and the Founder of Persbook Art“Life is too short. Make your best of it even when you are in despair! We are born for a reason. Live in peace!”Neda Darzi (born in Tehran, Iran, 1971) has a B.F.A. in painting from Azad University and a M.A. in painting from Tehran University.  She has had 8 solo exhibitions and she has taken part in more than 46 group exhibitions in Iran, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece; the most important exhibitions are: Video installation, Davis Museum, Barcelona (2009); Video Art, Athens 08, Greece (2007); Video installation, “Tehran Second, Third, Forth New Art,” Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (2002-2007); Installation & Performance, Cite' international Arts, Paris (2004); Tehran Painting Biennale, Tehran Museum of contemporary Art (2000, 1995 and 1993).In order to echo Iranian culture as well as her own individuality, Neda Darzi uses tapestries, ceramics, paintings and photographs to create her conceptual video arts and installations. Some examples include: I Became All Eyes, video art (2009); The Sky Border Is My Homeland, video art (2007); The Media, and, Be Free, video arts (2005); East and West In Peace, performance and installation (2004); Framing the Taboo, documentary (with Pamela Karimi, MIT University, 2004); And This Human, documentary (2003); This Old Land, documentary (with F. Shahsavarani, 2002); Hands, documentary (with F. Shahsavarani, 2002). Neda Darzi has also been involved in several research projects such as: interview with a number of artists for Iranian Artists Society Magazine (2009); Amesha-Sepnta and Kamarikan in Persian Mythology (2002); Visual Characteristics of the story of The Prophets' Tales & Timur's (1998); Women in Iranian Mythology (1996); Studying Patterns in Iranian Art of Metal Making From Ancient Time until Safavid Period (1995).  
2017:Administrative Staff :

Organized and directed by Neda Darzi and Pamela Karimi
Art Consultant: Omid Ghajarian
Co-curator: Mojdeh Atrak
Publicity: Maryam Amoosa 
Designer: Nastaran Safaei
Graphic Designer: Saleh Tasbihi

Previous Board of Management:
2015-16:
Founder and chief designer: Neda Darzi
Board of Executive Directors: Pamela Karimi, Neda Darzi
Review Committee: Neda Darzi, Behnam Kamrani, Pamela Karimi,
Touraj Khamenehzadeh
Graphic designer:Rasool Kamali
 

2010-2014:Executive Director
:Edward Lucie-Smith

2013: Curators: Ali Ettehad,Nima Zaghian 

2012:Arash Ashkar,Leila Rahimian,Mahshid Modares,Ojan Shirozhan
2011:Ali Honarvar, Amin Shahed, Farzin Hedayatzadeh, Mahshid Modares, Negar Mobarakzadeh, Nikoo Niknam
2010: Elnaz Javani, Sarah Alavikia, Mahshid Modares, Nima Zeyghamfard, Saman Khezr

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