Dreams Before Extinction BY NAEEMEH NAEEMAEI Perceval Press, 2013. $11.99, 35 pages.
The paintings in Iranian artist naeemeh naeemaei’s new
book, Dreams Before Extinction, blur the boundary between
human and animal. Intimate and surreal, each portrait is de-
voted to an animal on the verge of extinction, and to the
sense of grief and connectedness naeemaei experiences in
the face of its loss. The paintings reference scripture, ritual,
folk tales, and children’s stories, placing them firmly in the
context of Iranian culture. With bilingual, side-by-side text,
including a preface by kavous Seyed-Emami, director of the
Persian Wildlife Heritage foundation, this book shines a
much-needed light on Muslim environmental activism and
art, while making an earnest plea to pay attention to the
plight of these animals.
— Kristen Hewitt