Fly with the Cage

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Fly with the Cage

 Showcasing Iranian Artist and the Inspired

July 10 – 26, 2009

Phantom Galleries LA Miracle Mile

5412 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phantom Galleries LA and Edgar Varela Fine Arts are proud to present: Fly with the Cage, curated by Building Bridges and SoCiArts,
a multimedia interactive exhibition highlighting collaboration and unity. Fly with the Cage is a welcoming exhibition for
diverse voices to be heard and expressed through the arts, in Los Angeles, home to the largest Iranian population outside of Iran.

Opening reception: July 10, 2009, 6 - 11 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday noon – 6 pm

By Appointment:

Participating artists:

12Petals (Majid Baradar and Ardalan Payvar), Abbas Hojatpanah, Ala Ebtekar, Alborz Kamalizad, Ali Shahbazyar, Amatis Motevalli,
Arash Saedinia, Armineh Teimourian, Arthur Klein, Babak Emanuel, Farbod Sadjadi, Farzad Kohan, Hadi Salehi, Hedi Nikbakht,
Kaloust Guedel, Karen Fiorito, Kurosh ValaNejad, Laleh Eskandari, Lark (Larisa Pilinsky), Leyla Navab, Lucy Blake Elahi, Mitra Razavi,
Maryam Gueramian, Omid Arabian, Parisa Taghizadeh , Sara Alavikia, Sara Esmaeili Miraz, Siamak Nasiri Ziba, Sholeh Wolpe,
Sina Araghi, Tom Loughlin, Taravat Talepasand , Marissa Mercado, Marjan K. Vayghan, Ali Farhoodi, Parisa Taghizadeh, HK Zamani

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“If you can’t fly out of the cage, just Fly with the Cage”. – Sufi Proverb




Phantom Galleries LA -

Phantom Galleries LA is a Los Angeles County based organization that transforms vacant storefront windows into 24/7 public art galleries. Each installation is a unique relationship between the participating Artist, Curator, Property Owner and the Community that the exhibit is in. Exhibits are curated by local Arts Organizations, Los Angeles based Galleries, Independent Curators, and Los Angeles based Artists. The project gives local artists an opportunity to exhibit their work, while fostering economic development by drawing attention to available retail space. The project promotes the creative communities of Los Angeles to a broader audience. By pooling our resources we can create goodwill and a sense that Los Angeles is a single community booming with culture.



Edgar Varela is an independent art dealer, curator and gallery owner. Edgar Varela offers a wide array of services to artists and collectors. EVFA is a gallery dedicated to finding emerging and mid-career artist and bringing them to the forefront of the art world. Through event production, private collectors and unconventional exposure, the gallery is constantly exposing art to the masses and to a population segment that might not always make time for art.


SoCiArts –

SoCiArts is a grassroots community dedicated to all artists from around the world interested in social change through the arts. SoCiArts believes artists are architects of life; they know how to break the old boundaries and build remarkable new ideas. Artists are encouraged to create a conscious impact in the world through their art by sharing their work on the web to create a vibrant community of likeminded conscious artists. Membership with SoCiArts is free and open to anyone and everyone. Artists are invited to join and use the resources as they wish for as long as they want. From time to time, SoCiArts Productions helps its active members to promote their art by producing exhibitions, book signings, concerts and screenings, creating a platform for like-minded artists and art enthusiasts to connect with one another.


Building Bridges –

Founded by Marjan K. Vayghan during the fall of 2004, Building Bridges is a Fine

Arts collective that continues to exhibit alternately between Teheran and Los Angeles. Building Bridges’ exhibitions are informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender. The impetus of our creative practice is an effort to bridge these diverse communities into a space of creativity and understanding, by employing the arena of “community” and expression through the arts Building Bridges is an effort to create solidarity and cross cultural understanding. Building Bridges challenges oppression across borders and sanctions, considers interconnectivity and envisions beyond borders.


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