Emotional Numbness: the impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems - 3D virtual exhibition by WEAD

Emotional Numbness: the impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems

Fri, 09/18/2020 to Sun, 01/31/2021

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Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD), working in collaboration with Platform 3, is pleased to announce Emotional Numbness: The impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems. This dual venue exhibition was curated by Atefeh Khas (Iran) and Minoosh Zomorodinia (USA).

The physical exhibition takes place at Platform 3 in Tehran, Iran. WEAD will simultaneously host a companion online exhibition.

The focus is the impact of war on ecosystems, and wars’ effects on inhabitants of war zones. Recent escalating tensions between Iran and the United States are creating an increase in anxiety about potential war between these countries. Thus, the goal of the exhibition is to create a platform to share, meet, and discuss across borders by exhibiting art which addresses related themes. We believe art has the ability to affect perceptions, develop meaningful dialogues, and bring awareness about critical issues to the public.

The exhibition features the anthropocene epoch, emphasizing the impact of war all around the world, regardless of geographical boundaries. The artists in this exhibit respond to personal experiences of war directly, or through memories inherited from their families, or through environmental research. The works reference the many impacts and challenges of war: displacement, immigration, racial injustice, historical mistakes, numbing of the human psyche, and the invisible enemy that is Covid19.

The exhibition features the work of 39 artists. Thirty-five artists are showing at Platform 3. Thirty-nine artists will be featured in the online exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: September 18–January 31, 2021
Platform 3 Opening Reception: September 18th, 2020, 4–7pm
Platform 3 Visiting hours: Sunday to Friday, from 17 to 21
Platform 3 Address: No. 29, Shahamati alley, north side of Valiasr square.
ONLINE OPENING via Zoom: SUNDAY September 27, 4:00-5:00pm Pacific Time

Artists featured in the online exhibition include: Alice Dubiel, Alicia Escott, Andree Singer Thompson , Annie Albagli, Artists Beyond Boundaries, Azin Seraj, Carol Newborg, Charmaine Lurch, Christina Bertea, Elizabeth Kenneday, Farzaneh Najafi, Gazelle Samizay & Labkhand Olfatmanesh, Gem Beila Rosenberg, Jeanne Wilkinson, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, Kamala Platt, Katya Grokhovsky, Laura Phelps Rogers, Mana Salehi, Marguerite Elliot, Mary B. White, Michele Pred, Michelle Echenique, Michelle Waters, Nadia Skordopoulou, Nanette Wylde, Nazli Abbaspour, Nooshin Naficy, Revital Katznelson, Rosie Pascoe, Roya Ebtehaj, Salma Arastu, Sara Madandar, Sharon Siskin, Shirin Khalatbari, Sholeh Asgari, Sue Hettmansperger, Tammy West and Verona Fonte.


WEAD is a pioneering network of feminist eco­artists, educators, curators, and writers working toward the goal of a just and healthy world. We focus on women’s unique perspective in ecological and social justice art. WEAD maintains an invaluable website ( that serves as a virtual gallery of eco­artists work, connects artists and curators with exhibition opportunities, and educates and enlightens through its ground breaking WEAD Magazine.

•To provide information regarding the ecoart and social justice art fields to artists, curators, writers, art and public art administrators, educators in art and ecology, cross-disciplinary professionals and others.

•To facilitate international networking among artists working with ecological and social justice issues.

•To further the fields of, and the understanding of environmental and social justice art.


WEAD does not subscribe to a single definition for ecofeminism or ecoart, nor one set of cultural, political, or social beliefs. Instead, WEAD celebrates a spectrum of differences under the colorful collective umbrella called ecofeminist art. Here women speak in their own voices, definite their own work and map its place in the world. Together we work toward a just, sane, healthy world for all.

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