Mission Statement

Roya Khadjavi Projects largely focuses on the works of young Iranian artists working both in Iran and beyond it’s borders, seeking not only to support their artistic endeavors but to also facilitate awareness and cultural dialogue between artistic communities. Our mission is to educate and cultivate the audience in the United States and to present and showcase young Iranian artists with emerging artists from other parts of the world who share similar backgrounds, philosophy, and social and political experiences. Our task is to demonstrate what happens when will power and culture is used to bring us together.

ABOUT

Roya Khadjavi is an independent curator and cultural producer based in New York. She has largely focused on the work of young Iranian artists working both in Iran and beyond its borders, seeking not only to support their artistic endeavors but to also facilitate awareness and cultural dialogue between artistic communities. In 2014, Khadjavi co-curated Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists, featuring emerging artists born, raised and educated in Iran, followed by Between Invitation and Intrusion: A Conversation in Form in 2015.

In 2016 she curated the warmly received exhibition Strappa: Dialogue and Performance followed by the groundbreaking exhibition IRAN X CUBA: Beyond the Headline which for the first time brought together works of 18 Cuban and Iranian Artist in New York, and States of Being in Abstract. In 2017 She co-curated Prestige, the first solo for Afghan/Iranian Graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani in New York followed by Red Room 2: Migratory birds showcasing the individual and collaborative paintings and mixed media sculptures by the Ghasemi Bothers and The Mask, for your eyes solely by Ali Kourehchian. 

Since 2008, she has actively led exhibition committee efforts around the art of the Middle East for institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Asia Society, where she sat on the steering committee of the critically acclaimed exhibit Iran Modern (2013). Khadjavi co-founded the Institute of International Education’s Iran Opportunities Fund, and currently serves as president of the board of New York based non-profit Art in General. For her pioneering efforts to advance, support, and promote international education she has been honored with the Women’s Global Leadership Award by the Institute of International Education, and an Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques), by the French Minister of Education.