U.S. Travel Ban Affects SF State Art Exhibition

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CANADIAN ART -- Canadian artist Sanaz Mazinani, who was born in Iran, is based in San Francisco, where she is a green-card holder and permanent resident.

Up until recently — in addition to caring for her 2-month-old baby — Mazinani had been preparing for two San Francisco exhibitions: one due to begin February 16 at Camera Work, and another opening February 18 at San Francisco State University.

Both exhibitions were to slated include collaborations with her brother, the Toronto-based Canadian artist Mani Mazinani, who was also born in Iran.

Now, with the ban in place, it is unlikely that Mani Mazinani will travel to San Francisco to complete and install the collaborative artworks.

“He was planning on coming February 10 to oversee the installation,” Sanaz Mazinani says over the phone from San Francisco. “Now we don’t know if he was going to be able to make it.”