Pomegranar Virtual Art Gallery was created by Yasaman Nouri during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to create art safely and give emerging art practitioners opportunity and experience when so many other art projects shut down.
As a Persian-Canadian artist, Yasaman Nouri draws upon her Persian heritage as part of the inspiration behind the gallery. Pomegranates (or anar/انار in Farsi) are a cherished fruit and important symbol in Persian culture. The name Pomegranar combines both the English and Persian words to signify the coexistence and conflicts of both identities within Nouri. The inaugural Spring exhibit of Pomegranar, premiered around Norouz – the Persian celebration of receiving the new year. The culminating Winter exhibit opens around Shabe Yalda – the celebration of the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, and where pomegranates are an essential part of the festive table.
Pomegranar is presented in four installments: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It tells a year’s story through original artwork, short films, and music. Pomegranar showcases narratives of the ordinary in a Surrealist universe featuring pomegranate people. Along with new artwork, each seasonal exhibit brings a unique take on the themes of love, loss, belonging, and togetherness while apart. Each exhibit is held online at www.pomegranar.com, and is available to access 24/7 for two weeks after opening.
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