“There are no foreign lands…” Darbast Platform – Mohsen Gallery

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign”*
Darbast Platform – Mohsen Gallery


Interactive Video Installation by Ila Firouzabadi & Payam Mofidi
Script by Elyas Alavi, Afghan Poet & WriterOpening: May 16, 2014 | 4:00 To 9:00 pm
The exhibition will be continued up to May 23, 2014
Visiting Hours: 04:00 to 08:00 pm
Darbast Platform / Mohsen Gallery
Gallery is closed on Thursdays.

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters 

Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo of course was contemplating the concept of art from an artist perspective, and thus the second part of the quote seems very apt and relative. Artists virtually every time are forced to abandon their work because they cannot envisage taking any further steps to improve their work, and thus they are said to have left the work. Yet, one must ask: can an artwork ever be finished? Is completion realistic? Life of an artwork depends not on the hands of the artist, but on the gaze of the viewer. The viewer, which in the first instant is the artist, absorbs and engages with the piece, and through his or her interpretation gives significance and meaning to the work. Art is alive only through the audience, and every time new pair of eyes views it, they bring the artwork into present. We like to look for an origin, but with art, a piece is in constant state of rebirth. Art cannot have a conclusion, it can only have existence. Emmanuel Kant argued that a “work (ergon)” cannot exist “without an outline (parergon) for definition”, thus there must be a limit to all that exist in order for it to open up for description and examination. The 20th century French philosopher Derrida, in contradiction to Kant, argued that frames fall into a “liminal” space when it comes to a painting. Yet, more often we see that the artists include the frame as part of the work, and thus there is no outer edge dividing the work from outside, because even the framed painting is framed further by the walls surrounding it, by the building housing and so on.

Interactive artists certainly know of this condition, and they seek the audience to play an active role in the life of an artwork. Ila Firouzabadi and Payam Mofidi in their installation, do precisely that. They include the viewers, who seek the images by ritualistically stretching out their open hands. The audience brings the piece into life, and they become part of the work. Limits no longer apply here. There are no edges, just like there are no divisions between people, nationalities and countries. The installation causes all elements to merge into one, creating one existence. One work and you are included in it. The space is essential for the life of the piece, however it is not confining you, because you shall take the experience with you, and through it become more inclusive yourself. If you consider everyone as part of the same world and universe, then what would be the reason for any animosity, prejudice and hatred for your fellow man? Why would you seek to harm anyone or anything? If you experience existence as an all encompassing feeling, then you must allow yourself to be fair and compassionate. You will become the artwork yourself, and there are no ends. Death cannot be found. Only constant rebirth. Only constant equality for all shall be found. Nothing will be foreign to you, and no land shall exclude you. Isn’t that the beauty of life, and that which art has always sought to show us?  Taymaz Valley / Art Historian

Music: Nima Alizadh
Cast: Naim Jebelli | Naghmeh Sharifi | Sahar Mofidi | Mahereh Jalilsedighi
Sound: Sam Vafai
Camera: Payam Mofidi, Pirooz Nemati
Special Thanks to: Alborz Arzpeima, Pirooz Nemati, Nima Balazadeh, Parisa Mohit, Sara Reyhani, Ali Panahi
* by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wolfgang Knapp (Berlin University of the Arts – UdK) – Lecture at Aaran Gallery

Art practice: self branding and experimental settings
Collaborations between artists and scientists

Lecture and presentation of projects by
Professor h.c. Wolfgang Knapp
Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)
Institute for Art in Context (post graduate program)
and Chair of Commission for advances Studies in Art and Sciences at UdK

Parkingallery projects in collaboration with Aaran Gallery – Tehran

Saturday, April 26th, 6:00 pm

No.12, Dey St., North Kheradmand Ave.
Tehran, Iran
Postal code: 158591115
Tel: +9821 88829086-9
Fax: +9821 88841412
E-mail: info(at)aarangallery.com

About Wolfgang Knapp

As a social and educational scientist, and after graduating in Art/Visual Communication Wolfgang Knapp has been teaching and doing research since 1988 at the Institute for Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin. His main focus is on interdisciplinary projects on the interface of art and science (since 1993), minorities in art and the media, artist identity, international project cooperation, curatorial activities  and publications. („Missing Link- art meets biomedicine“,  „Fettes Archiv“ (Fat Archive) „Sensing the Street“,  „sterben wollen-Denkraum suizid“ (Desires to dies_ Rethinking Suicide) „Valldigna- Cultural Continuity in a Mediterranean Valley“ „Forschen und Ausstellen“ Researching and Exhibiting). Wolfgang Knapp is chairperson of the Commission for artistic and scientific projects at the University for the Arts in Berlin and a professor h.c. at the Department of Fine Arts and Design at Zhejiang Commercial Technical College in Hangzhou/China.

Breath from a warm locale at Croxhapox, Gent

breath-from-e-warm-locale - Poster designed by Hooman Alizadeh & Amirali Ghasemi
Poster designed by Hooman Alizadeh & Amirali Ghasemi

Breath from a warm locale
Film, video art and more
23 March – 20 April 2014
Opening on Saturday march 22d at 18:00

Parkingallery projects –Tehran in collaboration with Asayeshgah projects – Kerman
Curators Nima Bahrehmand ( Kerman) & Amirali Ghasemi (Tehran)

Houman Alizadeh | Shilan Borhani |Shahram Entekhabi | Negar Farajiani |Anahita Hekmat |Arash Khakpour/Arash Radkia | Arash khosronejad | Saman Khosravi |  Tala Madani |Arash Mobarrez/Ramin Rahimi | Amirali Mohebbinejad | Pouya Razi |Tara Najd Ahmadi |Jafar Sadeghi |Sona Safaei Sooreh | Zarin Salahi | Bahar Samadi

Croxhapox, Gent

A Persian expression “Nafas az Jay-e garm” literally translates “Breath from a warm locale” in English and often used to describe where one is distanced from the reality because of his/her financial and/or political standpoint. In most cases these individuals do not encounter the common day-to-day experiences of a society simply because they have lived overseas.

Often this expression has been used as an irony. Dehkhoda writes in “Amsal o Hekam”, his encyclopedia of Iranian Proverbs: it can be pretty much unrealistic to accept an individual’s opinion that takes his/her breath in a warm locale. Warm locale here refers to a comfortable place.

We borrowed the expression to address a situation where artworks with no references to exotic elements, political issues, and etc. – are less likely to be selected for exhibitions of contemporary Iran. Despite their qualities and significance, they have been constantly filtered out and undermined for not being newsworthy or direct enough to be consumed together with an ideal news hour spent over dinner. With this expression we also refer to EU decision-makers in politics – specifically in relation to Iran – as spectators who “breath from a warm locale”.

Everyday Chamber of Miracles at Parkingallery projects, Tehran

A one day event in Parkingallery
Everyday Chamber of Miracles | اطاق معجزات هرروزه | Alltagskammer is a collective efforts between artists based in Tehran and Berlin and is a result of 4 year collaboration between Parkingallery Projects – Tehran and Villa Kuriosum .
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Since the late Renaissance “Wunderkammer” means a collection of curiosities representing the world:
Stuffed animals, weird weapons, exotic souvenirs and unique early auto-mats were presented in one room for deep astonishment of all visitors. – “Things never seen before” became the contemporary replacement of the classical miracle.
– Different to those (Art)Chambers of a few aristocrats or extremely rich people the collection of our association follows a different line: We believe that the “real” miracle only can be found in everyday life! (That’s why we call it”Alltagskammer”)
– As ambassadors of”Alltagskammer” we want to present you a “travelers – collection” of curiosities from our house in Berlin – Lichtenberg and hope you will enjoy the installation!
( “… ’cause nothing can be more exotic than reality!” )

Friederike Berat
Suzanne Savelief
Todosch Schlopsnies
Maryam oskouei
Amirali Ghasemi

and special installation from Parkingallery collection with works by
Monir (Shahroudi) Farmanfarmaian
Fereydoun Ave
Mojtaba Amini
Shirin Sabahi
Hossein Zenderoudi
Fatemeh Naraghi
Matteo Rovesciato
and Late John Matevousian

Music performance by
Arash Lotfi
Martin Shamoonpour
Reza Kolaghani
Todosch Schlopsnies
and guests…

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


Happy 2014! (with a brief report of 2013)

Parkingallery projects in collaboration with ABAN Gallery Mashhad will be screening THE WANDERING ISLANDS, a part of LIMITED ACCESS FOUR video program curated by Parkingallery Video Archive in Jan 2014.

Parkingallery’s founder and director Amirali Ghasemi, along with Neda Razavipour and Behrang Samadzadegan have been chosen as selection committee of VIDEOARTIST festival in ISFAHAN which will open in 3 venues in the city around mid Feb 2014.

and now a brief report some of our past activities in the 2nd half of 2013 includes projects in New York, Beijing, Sanandaj and Hormoz Island.

“Iran: Making Space for video” and “Unusual Encounters” are  lecture/screening programs which Amirali Ghasemi presented on behalf of Parkingallery Video Archive at department of Cinema Studies: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. 

10th Beijing Independent Film Festival – Poster

The Invisible Present Tense, the video and experimental film program curated for the 42nd Rotterdam film festival by Parkingallery video archive after being shown at 36th Göteborg International Film Festival found its way to China at 10th Beijing Independent Film Festival in late Aug 2013.

Live program, video still from the recordings by Amir Bastan

“Live program” was designed as a collective live video/performance studio to perform, record and present/broadcast a four hour long program as a part of 4th Sanandaj contemporary arts festival. The crew decided to record interviews with the guests, artists and visitors of the event for archival use and future projects, after facing some technical and logistic issues. Participating artists were Anahita Hekmat, Borna Ahmadi, Amir Bastan, Maryam Oskouei, Amirali Ghasemi, Zarvan Rouhbakhshan & Mohammad Kalantari among others.

4th Hormoz Festival, Nov 2013 – Photo taken from the Group’s Page on Facebook

Hormoz New Art group invited parkingallery projects to collaborate with them in their various programs in Nov – Dec 2013. This has resulted in 3 fruitful events in Hormoz Island, an artist talk, a screening and a panel discussion.

“Documenting Video Art in Iran”
Lecture/Screening program,
The program was previously presented at Tassvir magazine‘s IMAGE OF THE YEAR at Iranian Artist Forum in Tehran and also at a private studio in Sanandaj in early 2013, and finally in Dec an updated version of the program arrived in Hormoz Island during 3rd EXIT, A forum for Artists Beyond Center.

On 2nd day of EXIT forum, Negar Farajiani, Miakil Rahmani and Amirali Ghasemi joined Ahmad Kargaran and Mohammad Banouj and various artists from all around Iran to discuss independent art projects and initiatives in the country and possibilities of collaboration and sharing ideas and experiences.


EXCUSES, A Group Effort at Villa Kuriosum Berlin

EXCUSES | Poster designed by Amirali Ghasemi / Parkingallery Studio

group exhibition and working residency
Video program and cooking nights and a mini market ..,

Excuses: A group effort
curated by Amirali Ghasemi / Parkingallery Projects – Tehran
Hamed Rashtian, Nastarn Safaei, Maede Jenab, Amirali Navaee, Saba
Moghadami, Amirali Ghasemi, Maryam Oskouei, Roham Fayazi,
Aliyar Rasti, Arash Fesharaki, Tara Ahmadi,  Martin Shamoonpour, Ramin Rahimi
and …

Exhibition, animation, sculpture, wall paintings, music, food, films and drinks!!

we are open to collaborations with artist at villa and from berlin
We will use old materials and found objects. …


4th of July : Opening Studio/Exhibition/Performance

6pm Kirschenpflücken!
6pm Studio/Exhibition/Performance
Food, drinks and music
DU KANNST MICH SEHEN Performance by Saba Moghadami
22Uhr after Fusion Cabaret Hangar show!!!

6th of July at 8pm: Wedding Party – Amirali and Maryam + food | Guests + music

Iranische Hochzeitsparty mit ceremony und Party!

Sunday 7th of July  | SCHIRINKARI | Sweet tricks | video program + sweets / cakes

from 2 pm Kaffee und kuchen | Ausstellung und Performances

Tuesday 9th of July : Artist talk / Presentation of works

Artist Talk presentation from Tehran: Hamed Rashtian, Nastaran Safaie, Saba Moghadami, Maede Janab, Amirali Ghasemi and  … will talk and show their works in an informal setting on Tuesday 9th of July 7pm Join us and we talk about their work and past activities and their plans for future

Thursday 11th of July: Finissage / Cabaret

Closing of the show and knuckle up TV

‘THE FOLD’ at CAB Contemporary Art, Brussels



Al Shaab Yourid …* / Barbad Golshiri / 2011-12
Pigment inkjet on canvas, correction pen on paper, book
Each canvas approx. 170 x 115 cm

The CAB is delighted to announce its new exhibition, ‘The Fold’, curated by Michel Dewilde and Azar Mahmoudian, which explores motifs such as absence, disappearance, amnesia and the importance of memory set against the background of modern and contemporary Iran.
Inspired by the French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s work ‘Le Pli’ (1988), the curators choose the fold as the leitmotif for the exhibition. The exhibition makes use of the concept of the fold in a variety of modalities including the psychological, historical and political levels.
The fold simultaneously combines the idea of an action as well as a covering. It can be opened or closed: it unfolds itself to the world or can fold up into itself. The fold can also imply the passing of time – it can suggest memory or the loss of it – the interval where time is suspended, while its cracks or fissures refer to the unseen dimensions. The term can open up a different understanding of one’s relationship to oneself, a world where the internal and external or past and present cannot be easily located.
The exhibition ‘The Fold’, favours an intergenerational approach, confronting different aesthetic positions, spanning four decades of art in Iran. Beginning in the 1960’s modernist era, the show combines internationally renowned artists such as Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian who started her career at a time of an imposed modernism, with others who were living abroad or in exile and emerged in the 80s and early 90s such as Chohreh Feyzdjou and Reza Abdoh.  These artists are put together with exponents of the most recent generations such as Shirin Sabahi or Mani Manzinani. The exhibition combines existing art works with site-specific creations by Parastou Forouhar, Homayoun Sirizi and Arash Hanaei.

Arash Hanaei / Behesht-e Zahra (From the Capital Series) / 2013
Diasec print, 250 x 88 x 3,3 cm, Edition of 3 (+2 ap)

Michel Dewilde is a curator and art historian based in Ghent (B).
He curated exhibitions for the MSK & SMAK museums (Ghent), the Art foundation Gynaika (Antwerp), the CC Bruges and worked freelance. Since 1996 he has initiated several projects with Iranian artists such as: Chohreh Feyzdjou, Shadi Ghadirian, BitaFayyazi, Neda Razavipour, SiminKeramati, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Shirin Sabahi, Sona Safaei, Baktash Sarang Javanbakht, etc.

Azar Mahmoudian is a freelance art critic and curator based in Tehran and London. She was the recipient of the Chevening scholarship and graduated with an M.A. from Goldsmiths in 2009. Her research interests are mainly focused on transcultural circulations and the politics of display. In 2010 she co-curated the archive and documentary series portion of “Iran and co” at Burges, Belgium, which engaged with international representations of Iranian contemporary art. She has collaborated with Tehran based project spaces and works as a researcher, associate editor and university lecturer.

CAB Contemporary Art
Rue Borrens 32-34  – 1050 Brussels

19 April – 15 June 2013

Opening : Thursday 18.04.2013, 6 – 10pm
Exhibition : 19.04.2013 – 15.06.2013
Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday : 2 – 6pm
Information : For more information please contact Eleonore de Sadeleer
+32 477 88 39 46

Déjà Vu at Aun Gallery – Tehran

Group video Installation
Deja Vu – Group Video Installation – Poster Designed by Borna Ahmadi & Amirali Ghasemi

Déjà Vu is a group video installation show curated by Golzar Hassanzadeh for Aun Gallery. Participant Artists are Golzar Hassanzadeh, Abbas Kiarostami, Abtin Mozaffari,  Hessam Nourani, Shadi Noyani,  Hamed Safaee and Parham Taghioff, The show puts together various image makers/artists together around the theme in an unusual setting designed by Borna Amadi and Amirali Ghasemi.

Déjà Vu will be open this Friday March 8th, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm and will continue till March 13th.

Aun Gallery
40 Seoul Avenue, Vanak , Tehran – 19958, IRAN
Website: www.aungallery.com
Telephone:+98 21 88603050

Independent art space for new media | Tehran | Iran