Hamid Rahmanian | Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings
Thursday Apr 02 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Part of public programming for Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings
On view April 2 to July 16, 2015 in a special exhibition are illustrations that Hamid Rahmanian created for a new edition of the great classic of world literature Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings. Four years in the making, this book includes hundreds of new illustrations, produced with the intention to give the Shahnameh relevance to a new generation of readers. While based on historical paintings from the 14th through the 19th centuries, the new illustrations include many scenes not traditionally portrayed, such as dreams and nightmares, and also brings a novel focus to the inner thoughts of the characters. Mr. Rahmanian will discuss the formation, production and illustration of this groundbreaking publication.
Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. His work focuses on film and design. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Tehran in Graphic Design and an M.F.A. in Computer Animation from Pratt Institute. He received a student Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his animation, The Seventh Day in 1997. After a brief stint at Disney Feature Animation Company as a Look Development Artist, he made his first film, An I Within; which received Kodak’s "Best Cinematography Award" and “Best American Short” from the LA International Short Film Festival. Mr. Rahmanian made three documentaries: Breaking Bread (2000), Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport (2001) and Shahrbanoo (2002), which have been well received by worldwide audiences. In 2003, Mr. Rahmanian co-founded ArtEast, an organization committed to promoting the arts and cultures of the Middle East. In 2005 he wrote and directed the narrative film Day Break, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was the recipient of several prestigious awards. His documentary The Glass House (2008) premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won OSCE’s Human Rights Award and Best Documentary from Spain’s Television Awards. He created and illustrated a new 600-page edition of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, entitled Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings (2013) published by the Quantuck Lane Press.