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Cal Poly Pomona

Headbang: Photographs by Roya Falahi

Date: October 11 - December 3, 2011

Headbang, the first solo-show of Los Angeles based artist, Roya Falahi is an amalgamation of past and current photographs. Using the realism of large-format photography, Falahi captures surreal imagery – finely crafted portraits and narrative 'tableaux' – that explore disguise and veiling. With an emphasis on the head/upper body, the works in Headbang are resonant with visual and psychological impact, layering multiple references to create new and complex connotations. Informed by the current global-political context, Iranian-American culture, hard-rock music, and pop culture/fashion imagery, Falahi's work comprises a compelling investigation into contemporary issues surrounding identity and culture.


Born in Washington D.C. in 1980, Roya Falahi received her BA in Studio Art from UC Irvine in 2002, and her MFA in photography from UCLA in 2006. Her work has been shown in several galleries including Taylor De Cordoba (Los Angeles), Luckman Gallery at CSULA (Los Angeles), Guild Gallery (New York), Fette's Gallery (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles), The Gallery at CSULB (Long Beach), and RAID Projects (Los Angeles). Falahi's work has been featured in the book, Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Beautiful Decay magazine, as well as written about in the Los Angeles Times. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.