Aphrodite Desiree Navab – Bio

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Aphrodite Désirée Navab is an artist from Iran based in New York City (b. 1971, Iran). She uses visual art and writing to investigate transnational issues in art, education, cultural and women’s studies. In 2004, she completed an Ed.D. in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Navab is thesis advisor to graduate students at The School of Visual Arts, New York. Formerly, she was Assistant Professor of Art at the College of Fine Arts, University of Florida. She received her BA magna cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1993.

Navab’s art has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions/film screenings around the world and is included in a number of permanent collections. She will have a solo show at ICC Athens, Greece: She Speaks Greek Farsi (Sep.-Oct. 2009). She had a solo exhibition: Super East-West Woman: Living On the Axis Fighting Evil Everywhere (Oct-Nov 2007), at the Rhonda Schaller studio in Chelsea, NYC. It will travel from 2008-2010 in the multimedia exhibition, Visible and Invisible Spaces, with Jennifer Heath curator and editor, The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press, 2007). From June 27-October 2009, Navab will be included in the exhibition, Through the Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection, at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. Curated by Lowe Associate Director, Denise M. Gerson, the exhibition features only 100 significant photographs from more than 1000 photographic holdings: from Julia Margaret Cameron and Walker Evans to Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.


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