Smash Gallery: Dariush Nehdaran ‘Shadows of the Tenderloin’

by Admin on 04/21/2015

07/30/2016 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Smash Gallery
210 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

13522734_756073851201493_1317851247277229033_oSmash Gallery is pleased to announce Shadows of the Tenderloin, a special exhibition from San Francisco-based artist, Dariush Nehdaran. Nehdaran will show all new photographic works, 20 gelatin-silver prints, and an experimental video, offering an intimate glimpse into the lives of the roughly 3,800 people living on the streets of San Francisco’s historic Tenderloin neighborhood.

The exhibition will run alongside Smash Gallery’s Anniversary show, marking the first in a new series of neighborhood-focused art. The gallery will donate a portion of proceeds from the show to local organizations servicing the Tenderloin community.

Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, July 30 from 7-11PM. The artist will be in attendance. Shadows of the Tenderloin will run through August 31.

Dariush Nehdaran first gained distinction as a BFA student in Iran, where he is celebrated as a prominent voice of contemporary art. Nehdaran moved to San Francisco in 2014, where he continues to create art that engages conversations around reality and representation with an increasingly global audience.

Known for more abstract works, Dariush takes a more ‘classic’ street photography approach with this series. Shadows of the Tenderloin depicts quiet moments in the lives of San Francisco’s homeless community- reading in bed above a bustling Market Street, a picnic on the lawn of City Hall, an exchange of smiles between neighbors passing by. “At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” says the artist, “but walking around the Tenderloin it soon became apparent that I was the ‘visitor’ among people who were at ‘home.’” Each photograph was taken with permission from each subject— yet they capture candid moments, offering a second-take to encounter people so often overlooked.