Composed of facts and fiction, "Betrayal" references the experiences of Iranian immigrants. Detached from their cultural roots, the memories and identities are divided into two extremes: One fragile, broken, humbled, selfless; and the other peaceful, perfect, flawless, whole, selfish. The infrastructure signifies the real, while the superstructure embodies the illusory. This cover up is a form of personal and cultural betrayal embedded in each of our histories.

Born in Tehran in 1965, Kendal Kennedy moved to Greenwich, Connecticut from Braunschweig, Germany in 1980. She received her BFA in painting from Monmouth University, New Jersey, and her MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, New York, in 1994. She is currently an Education Doctorate candidate in College Teaching of Art at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, where she also teaches and directs the MACY Gallery. Kendal is the President of Persian American Research Society, and on the board of directors at the Center for Iranian Modern Arts. Her paintings and conceptual installations have been exhibited internationally and are in major museum collections.

Betrayal, 2000
Floor installation with mirrors and lights, 5' X 5'