Leaving the Land of Roses
January 14, 2013 - March 9 2014
Leaving the Land of Roses explored the sociopolitical strife in forced exile, while remaining deeply connected to the scents, sights and sounds of a remembered landscape. Our western notion of paradise and the garden find their origins within the innovations of ancient Iran; the word paradise itself stems from a translation of Old Persian pairidaeza for the walled in area of an enclosed garden.
Travelers, merchants, armies and missionaries would share tales of these beautiful grounds, which ultimately became associated with the idea of the Judeo-Christian Garden of Eden -- sparking centuries of awe-inspiring horticulture and utopian myth.