Shahnameh (The Epics of Iranian Kings), a Dialogue with Persian Youth

By: Banafsheh Erfanian

The exhibition is based on Shahnameh, “The Book of Kings,” an epic poem written by Persian poet Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010 CE. The poem tells the mythical and historical past of the Persian Empire – from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia. Banafsheh illustrated this book to showcase Persian art and culture while speaking to diverse and contemporary audiences. She hopes to give Persian youth a better understanding of their history through art.

About the Artist
Banafsheh Erfanian is a Toronto based painter, illustrator, educator, and curator. Banafsheh grew up in Tehran, Iran and found comfort in art during wartime. Banafsheh finds illustration to be a magical tool of expression through which she creates imaginary characters that hold philosophical meanings. This invites older audiences to think deeply, while younger audiences resonate with the playfulness, colors, and story.

Date: July 3 – July 17

Time: TBD

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Lower Gallery

Price: Free

 

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