Category Archives: To Watch

The Wandering Islands at Aban Art Gallery, Mashhad

The Wandering Islands – Aban Gallery, Mashhad – Poster designed by Iman Raad

Parkingallery projects and Limited Access Festival present in collaboration with Aban Art gallery Mashhad:
“The wandering islands” video program from Limited Access Four, will be screened at Aban Gallery in Mashhad from Jan 24-28th, 2014. “The wandering islands” is curated by Amirali Ghasemi from Parkingallery Video Archive,
and kindly organized by Saeed Mazinani
Videos and short experimental films by: Arash Khosronejad | Allahyar Najafi | Minoo Iranpour | Bahar Samadi | Amirali Mohebbinejad | Paran Pour | Azadeh Nilchiani | Aliyar Rasti | Maryam Espandi | Maziyar Pahlevan | Neda Moradi | Shirin Mohammad | Niloufar Zolfaghari | Nassrin Nasser | Anita Esfandiari | Sona Safaei | Amir Bastan | Sasan Abri | Mani Nilchiani | Rambod Vala and Neda Razavipour | Icy & Sot | Sina Haghani | Ramin Rahimi

 

“The Wandering Island” was first introduced as part of the exhibition LIMITED ACCESS II at Azad Gallery
– Tehran in 2009. The selection aimed to propose a panorama of experimental video works while staying away from a thematic approach or forcing a narrative.The current edition of THE WANDERING ISLAND(S) is designed to act as an open platform for various disciplines and voices within the Iranian new media sphere, uniting people and their work in spite of the geographical distance between them and their varying fields of work. The program which has been shown at Aaran Art Gallery Tehran,during LIMITED ACCESS FOUR  in Jan 2013, puts together works in a floating constellation, gathered to expand the borders of what we know as Video Art. These WANDERING ISLAND(S) are neither attached nor standing apart from each other, yet communicating through many invisible interconnecting paths.
Aban Art Gallery: No. 7, ninth Vakilabad St. Mashhad
Opening Jan 24th, 2014 – 17:00-20:00
Daily visiting hours: 10:00 – 12:00 & 17:00-20:00
Gallery is open on Fridays.
Contact: abanartgallery@gmail.com

 

My calm Town by Amirali Mohebbinejad


Amirali Mohebbinejad’s My Calm Town is a an experimental film realized in 2008.
It addresses a global issue, how the media can project certain images, distorting them to cast shadows of conflict, terror and the threat of war. Incidents which are subject to happen anywhere in world, whenever tensions are needed to arise. The moving images are appropriated from high definition footages from residential villas in an unknown city suburbs in Latin America,  shot by a cameraman which was sent there by the commission of an Iranian mega construction company. The brief was to shoot beautiful images which later can be shown to the engineers whom are being sent by the company, encouraging them to live and work in bilateral projects overseas. Mohebbinejad created a contradictory soundscape for these footages, while giving them a 8mm old movie look. Static and peaceful frames possibly shot from a tripod where actually not much happening in them.
He writes:

[this is about] Magnifying the contrast between real events and the deceiving, beautified and distorted output of reality, given by the media, by proposing contrast between sound and image.
This is about reproducing the reality and representing it as an original.
This is about not having trust on media.
This is to question the “Truth”.

Check more on Amirali Mohebbinejad here : ilarima.com/

INVISIBLE PRESENT at OSU, COLUMBUS

INVISIBLE PRESENT at OSU, COLUMBUS
Curator: Amirali Ghasemi
INVISIBLE-PRESENT | poster designed by Arash Khosronejad

Please join us on Monday, October 29th to watch  experimental video works from Iran. Invisible present is an ongoing curatorial project by Parkingallery Projects -Tehran, curated by Amirali Ghasemi. An evolving video program which transforms & manifest itself in various formats from screenings, collaborations, talks and installations wherever it roams. The invisible present tries to be a small introduction of a vibrant new wave in Iranian video art scene, and to highlight the use of various disciplines and different medias, from experimental films to animations and from performance to photography.

Artists included in Invisible Present, Columbus are Saba Alizadeh  | Golnaz Esmaili | Hadi Fallahpisheh | Omid Hashemi | Anahita Hekmat | Zeynab Izadyar | Allahyar Najafi | Shady Noyani | Amirali Mohebbinejad | Ali Momeni | Golrokh Nafisi | Tara Najd Ahmadi | Ramin Rahimi | Sona Safaei | Bahar Samadi | Zeinab Shahidi Marnani

The program has been shown in cultural Institutions and different cities in Brazil as a part of the exhibition Iranian Pulse and now is on tour in galleries & experimental spaces in North America. Invisible Present’s screening at Ohio State University is co- sponsored by Department of Art, Middle East Studies Department and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department.

Poster designed by Arash Khosronejad

Time: 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Location:

Hagerty Hall (Room 180)
Building 037
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

Part of Me: mise en abyme, Cité international des Arts, Paris

Part of Me: mise en abyme, video program poster designed by Amirali Ghasemi/ parkingallery studio

Part of Me: mise en abyme, a video program in two parts curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Sandra Skurvida for the Iranian Arts Now festival and exhibition, June 23 – July 24, 2012

Cité international des Arts, Paris
Opening reception: Saturday June 23, 6 – 9 PM
Exhibition open 2 – 7 PM daily except Sundays and July 14th

More info about the Program www.otheris.com and the Festival www.iranianartsnow.com

Part of Me is performance, part of me is poetry, and part of me is pain, pain that may not have visible symptoms. My part here is to deliver nothing spectacular, but something delicate enough to be rendered in Turbulence mode we are in. There are things that cannot be said aloud — no manifesto can handle the light weight of the message — the message cannot be broadcast nor encoded to be safe; and sound is the void…. The part curated by Amirali Ghasemi includes works by
Mohammad Abbasi, Erfan Abdi, Makan Ashgvari, Ghazaleh Bahiraie, Amir Bastan, Pouya Ehsaei, Golnaz Esmaili, Bahar Fattahi, Arvin H. Kamal, Tala Madani, Mahan Moalemi, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Photomat, Bita Razavi & Jaakko Karhunen, Sona Safaei, Mohsen Saghafi, Ali Samadpour, Mamali Shafahi, Melika Shafahi, Melodie Zad, Zoha Zokaei, and Niloufar Zolfaghari.

Mise en abyme is a stand-in for the void, a figure opening the subjective fissures of national states, and performatively destabilizing positions of power — the “I”s are focused on the potentialities of arousals and upheavals. The program curated by Sandra Skurvida features works conditioned by the aporias of recent social, political, and ideological insurrections around the world and with reflection on Iran:

Morehshin Allahyari, Mehraneh Atashi, Maneli Aygani, Bahar Behbahani, Negar Behbahani, caraballo-farman, Samira Eskandarfar, Nooshin Farhid, Barbad Golshiri, Anahita Hekmat, Zeynab Izadyar, Nosrat Nosratian, Amitis Motevalli, Neda Razavipour, Hamed Sahihi, Bahar Samadi, Farkhondeh Shahroudi, Negar Tahsili, and Kianoosh Vahabi. 

But not all parts are those of art. As Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri suggested in their recent Declaration, engaged practice “allows us to turn our attention away from the video screens and break the spell the media hold over us. It supports us to get out from under the yoke of the security regime and become invisible to the regime’s all-seeing eye. It also demystifies the structures of representation that cripple our powers of political action.”

THE INVISIBLE PRESENT video screening at Camera, Toronto

ScreenScene (video still) Mani Mazinani2011

THE INVISIBLE PRESENT
Curated by Amirali Ghasemi/Parkingallery Projects, Tehran

The Invisible Present organized by Sanaz Mazinani and presented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, is the first screening of Iranian video art in Toronto. The series which was conceptualized and curated by Amirali Ghasemi of Parkinggallery in Tehran introduces the vibrant new wave video art scene in Iran. This particular program of two forty minute presentations highlights the use of various disciplines, such as narrative fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, performance and photography. The artists—most of whom are younger than 35—work within Iran and across the globe. The Invisible Present sheds light on a generation that can not be plainly defined and is often harshly targeted internationally; a generation which seeks to be present and exercise their significant liberty to experiment, while being invisible to many.

The program will be followed by a Question & Answer period with Curator, AmirAli Ghasemi and artists, Mani Mazinani, Taimaz Moslemian and Sona Safaei.

Abbas Akhavan | Amirali Ghasemi | Anahita Hekmat | Zeynab Izadyar | Gelare Khoshgozaran | Mani Mazinani | Payam Mofidi | Amirali Mohebbinejad | Taimaz Moslemian | Tara Najd Ahmadi | Shadi Noyani | Shirin Sabahi | Sona Safaei | Bahar Samadi |

Please RSVP as seating is limited

416 504-0575
info@bulgergallery.com

CAMERA/ Stephen Bulger Gallery
1026 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Program:

3:00 pm
PART 1 (45 mins)
Shadi Noyani – The Iron Heel (4 min)
Shirin Sabahi – Swede Home (14 min)
Amirali Mohebbinejad – My Calm Town (6 min)
Taimaz Moslemian – Beard (4 min)
Tara Najd Ahmadi – Measuring the Level of Resisitance (4 min)
Anahita Hekmat – Apparition IV & V (3 min)
Zeynab Izadyar – Cut (1 min)
Sona Safaei – Decenter (1 min)

Intermission:
Gelare Khoshgozaran – Why (15 min)

4:00 pm
PART 2 (40 mins)
Payam Mofidi – Poeticide (11 min)
Abbas Akhavan – August 2006 (8 min)
Sona Safaei – Alphabet (1:25 min)
Bahar Samadi – The Memory (2 min)
Mani Mazinani – Screen Scene (14 min)
Amirali Ghasemi – Coughing and a bit of Scratching (3 min)
Sona Safaei – Grid (1:40 min)

Magazine Launch: The Burnt magazine, Mehrabad Special

The cover of The burnt Magazine : Mehrabad Special

+ Launch of photocopy version of Mehrabad Special in the occasion of the exhibition Control Tower curated by Amirali
Friday April 13th, 2012. from 5 pm at Fravahr Gallery, Tehran
in collaboration with Aksbazi.com and New-Bookz and guest contributions by Shahab Tondar, Peyman Shafieezadeh, Ayeh Rahimi, John Mattavousian, Golrokh Nafisi, Martin Shamounpoor, Delbar Shahbaz, Daryoush Raad, Alyar dastgiri, Hilda Hekmat, Haleh Ghasemi, Marjan Andaroudi, Mojtaba Adibi, Mona Abbaspour, Ghazaleh Bahiraie,  Shilan Borhani, Yashar Lavaei, Mostafa Amini, Alma Sinai, Arash Naimain, Niloufar Nedaie, Anita Esfandiari, Ali Ettehad, Tehran Carnival, Omid Balaghati, Mehrabad Project, Anahita Hekmat,Mahta Saghafi, Hossein Tonfagdar and Amirali Ghasemi

The online version will be launched soon with more pages and more colors, so stay tuned!

Border an installation by Sona Safaei

Border by Sona Safaei documentation of video installation, 28′, originally loop, 2011

“… Safaei in her new installation uses a corner of a room to project moving English and Farsi texts towards this very corner and let them disappear at the borderline. The borderline is a narrow vertical line between two walls: the joint, the place two walls meet. This very “thin line” changes the direction of one’s eye, all of a sudden similar to political and geographical borders in between countries. One step back or forth one is occupied with different laws and orders…”

OtherIS/TVDinner opens Today at IM International and various venues in NY

Measuring the Level of Resistance - Tara Najd Ahmadi
Video still from Measuring the Level of Resistance - Tara Najd Ahmadi - From Iran TVDinner Channel 1

OtherIS/TVDinner
Opening July 30, 3 – 7 PM
Located at IM International
108-59 Roosevelt Avenue , Queens, NY 11368 digest,
Phone: 718 424 6502
E-mail: united@immigrant-movement.us

Directions by subway – take the 7 Flushing
Local or Express, exit at the 111th St Station
walk to 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue
IM International is 1 minute walk from station
Project contact: skurvida@earthlink.net for video.
Continue reading OtherIS/TVDinner opens Today at IM International and various venues in NY

I’ll never be the same…Iranian videos from Tehran and elsewhere

I’ll never be the same…
Iranian videos from Tehran and elsewhere
Curated by Amirali Ghasemi

Sona Safaei | Alphabet | 1:30

Payam Mofidi | Shaer Koshi (Poèticide) | 10:45
Farid Jafari Samarghandi | Lips & Crazy Eyes (for Series 1234 for love) | 5:52
Amirali Navaee | As I Was Leaving My City | 3:00
Elham Doust Haghighi | One Stupid Idea | 5:17
Ahmad Zolfagharian | Under Destruction | 2:00
Nassrin Nasser | Untitled | 3:43

Toronto, Paris, Tehran, London and Stockholm. These are where the creators of these videos and short films are geographically located in, what ties them together? The journey begins with letters; A moment of suspense, while we know it won’t last long, leads us to fragile moments of a young girl’s dream, driven to a trance where its performers are only known by their lips and their eyes; The trip continues with a cheerful and at the same time tragic dance moves of a restless soul transporting us along the sidewalk of an unknown city. Moving back in time, we encounter an alternative story of Creation while we long for a solution of our own everyday crisis. Playing it cool for 2 minutes, the wicked joy of an endless computer game is enough to bring us back to the reality of the virtual world. Where we are free to choose to get on board surfing the waves of a music video or to get hypnotized like its character’s daily struggle with death. We will never be the same…

Amirali Ghasemi, Nov 2010, Tehran

Video Cube at Contemporary Istanbul
Nov 25-28, 2010
For more information, address and visiting hours
Please visit : http://www.contemporaryistanbul.com/