Exhibit9's was established in 2003 to promote arts and artists in the Washington, DC area with a focus in contemporary Iranian art, but not limited to. In April 2019, E9 formed the group, SURGE by providing space for artists to work side by side on group projects or individual pieces. Everyone in the group had experienced a period of silence due to a disconnect from their roots. Through this group, they found their voice again and the energy level surged into a different level.
As the group shared their stories with the world, it was evident that their visual language did not belong to them anymore, but to every single woman, who struggled for her life and her rights in this troubled earth.
Relief calligraphy on tule mounted on canvas
Once Upon A Journey exhibition was reviewed in Art & Style section of Washington Post on Feb 9, 2020
From left to right: Roya Ansarian, Mitra M. Lore, Parisa Faghih, Rosa Fakhrai, Sohayla Vafai, Guita Vafai and Sarah Barzmehri