The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell Revisited is a photographic rendition of the 2016 installation by artist Wendy Wolfe Fine that was featured at the Kniznick Gallery of Brandeis University. Photographer Stewart Clements captured the exhibition The Pearl that Slipped Its Shell, where the artist moved beyond the screen to create physical spaces that told the story of the Mizrahi family’s emigration from Iran to Newton, Massachusetts, as a result of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. As viewers walked through the recreated rooms of the Mizrahi family home in Kerman, Iran, which they forcibly left in 1984, digital scenes played of food preparation, a Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration, and a chador demonstration. Clothing, textiles, photographs, an herb garden, spices and other objects stimulated the viewers’ senses. Viewers experienced the tensions for women as they exited to the street while donning a Chador, the memories and loss of family gatherings as they sat around the Persian carpet, and the rebirth of traditions, such as food preparation and gardening, in Newton, Massachusetts. The role of women in perpetuating culture and tradition was a central theme.
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