Mahsa Farhadikia is an independent art critic, curator and scholar, who is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). Her areas of expertise include feminism, modernity, and contemporary art. She was born in 1983 in Tehran and moved to Los Angeles in 2015. She received her MA in Art Research from Tehran University of Art. While in Tehran She served as a curatorial research member of Tehran Biennial’s research team (in collaboration with Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art). Between 2010-2015 she was a lecturer of contemporary art at Iranian universities including Sooreh university of art. Over the last decade, she has worked as an art critic, columnist, and researcher with prominent Iranian art journals and magazines. By writing over one hundred critical reviews and monographs, she tried to play a positive role in the improvement of the inchoate discourse of Iranian art criticism. In 2015 her translation of James Elkins’ seminal book What Happened to Art Criticism? was published by Herfeh-Nevisandeh publications in Tehran. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has worked at various art museums such as the Getty, the Broad and the Wende Museum while working on independent research and curatorial projects.
Aria Eghbal was Born in 1963 in Tehran, Iran. She received her BA in Painting from Alzahra Art University. For the past thirty years she has been working as an artist, as well as an independent art manager and collector, working closely with artists and curators from all around the world. While her area of expertise is Middle Eastern, and specifically Iranian, modern and contemporary art, she has worked with international artists from different countries, showcasing their work in various venues such as Art Expo New York, Art Dubai, Swiss Art Expo, etc. She has organized approximately two hundred art exhibitions in numerous countries such as the United States, Canada, China, Switzerland, France, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Malaysia, and Iran. In recent years, she has been working as an artist, art curator and collector in Los Angeles, while focusing on promoting Iranian and Middle Eastern art to a vaster audience.
Erit Majdipour is an LA based artist and a former art gallery owner. As a gallery owner she held numerous group and solo exhibitions showcasing young talents from different countries including Iran. As an artist, her aim is to bring light to other artists and disseminate their work via art exhibitions. In order to do this, she has kept collaborating with artists and curators across different institutions to support them on their way toward their artistic goals. Specifically, she aims to promote Iranian art and artists to highlight the diverse talent in her community. Her major goal is to support Iranian artists and help them to connect with each other, not only to spark discussion and inspire one another, but also to present a professional discourse of Contemporary Iranian art to the world.
From left to right: Erit Majdipour (Coordinator), Marisa Caichiolo (President and CEO at Biulding Bridges Art Exchange, Aria Eghbal (Curator), Mahsa Farhadikia (Curator), Behnam Osroosh (Graphic Designer)