On View: April 9 – April 25, 2010 by appointment only the temporary space/1320 Nance Street/Houston, TX 77002/832-867-9207 firstname.lastname@example.org
This exhibition presents a project for an imagined Houston Biennial of contemporary art curated by participants in Raphael Rubinstein’s Virtual Curating course at the University of Houston School of Art. This virtual biennial includes 52 international artists working in a variety of mediums.
The title “Emergent Behavior” is borrowed from systems theory in which it is used to describe a phenomenon of independent parts working together, and not predictable on the basis of their properties. An emergent behavior can appear when a number of simple entities operate in an environment, forming more complex behaviors as a collective.
Unlike many biennial exhibitions that begin with a predetermined curatorial theme, the artists in this show were selected through an empirical process. Over the course of several months the curators refined a selection that includes established artists who have created significant new bodies of work within the last two years as well as younger recently emerged artists. Much of the work in the exhibition involves the scavenging of social detritus. This can be seen, for instance, in the drawings of Aurel Schmidt, the paintings of Mark Flood, and the videos of Cameron Jamie as well as in the work of seminal figures such as Mike Kelley and Jacques de la Villeglé. The exhibition also focuses groups of younger artists working in Iran and Houston. Continue reading Emergent Behavior: Project for a Houston Biennial→
IRAN Vs. Guided by Amirali Ghasemi at PiST///
PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space has started its Artist Information project on May 2007 to focus on Istanbul and Turkey’s contemporary art production. On 2010 this project will cross borders to focus on contemporary art practices abroad. The first country of this research series will be Iran, a neighboring country with a 499 km border with Turkey. Its capital Tehran is 66 hours away from Istanbul by train and 3 hours by plane. Iran is one of a few countries that does not request a visa from Turkish passport holders. There is a 1,5 hours time difference in between them. Both countries have a population of over 70 billion. While there is a lack of local support for the contemporary art production in Turkey, it is the opposite in Iran, rather it is difficult to get international support.
Amirali Ghasemi is an independent curator and media artist from Tehran. He is the founder of the independent art space Parkingallery and since 1998 he continues his projects there, in different countries / cities and online. Starting from January 2010, Saturday and for the following 4 weeks, PiST will start a research period with the guidance of Amirali on Iranian contemporary art. This instruction, research and discussion period will start with cliches and prejudices, and by the second week Amirali will return back to Tehran and we will continue screening those works of Iranian artists curated by him. The screenings will continue by Q&A sessions via a skype connection to Parkingallery with Amirali and those artists he will invite. On May 2010 Parkingallery will screen works from Turkey with the guidance of PiST and we will answer those questions forwarded from Tehran to Istanbul for 4 weeks.
16.01.2010 Sat 3 pm – 5 pm Amirali Ghasemi at PiST
30.01.2010 Sat 3 pm – 5 pm Live from Parkingallery
13.02.2010** Sat 3 pm – 5 pm Live from Parkingallery
20.02.2010** Sat 3 pm – 5 pm Live from Parkingallery
* The talks will be in English and there is a limited space for 30 people.
Pangalti Dere Sokak
Mohammadreza Mirzaei | solo show
From 11 December 2009 untill 31 January 2010
The FotoLoft Gallery of Moscow has the honor to introduce the personal exhibition of the Iranian photographer Mohammadreza Mirzaei, “Humans”. These 18 photographs are like little splinters of the large human’s life. black figures without past, present and future. They are like illustrations to Nietzsche’s idea about desertion of man in the World, desertion and solitude. The whole tragedy is that seeming graphic pictures are in fact photographs, that mean they reflect our life.
Les Misérables on Stage at Bahman Culture House (Tehran Slaughterhouse)
Shirin Sabahi’s exhibition in rum46 evolves from 8-mm films taken by Jan Edman in Iran and Sweden during the ‘60s and the ‘70s. Edman is a retired Swedish engineer who traveled to Iran nearly 15 times between 1966 and 1979 on behalf of a Malmö–based company Agriconsult for the purpose of realizing industrial projects for various Iranian state-owned and private industries. Among the projects Edman was working on in Iran, Sabahi follows the former Tehran slaughterhouse from its formation in a suburban area to its industrialization and further transformation to a culture house in the process of gentrification of the area. This slaughter/culture house is carefully set as the meeting point of multiple narrations that Sabahi provides the audience with in the installation Swede Home 1966/1973/1975/2009. These narrations are based on the diverse contributions of workers of Agriconsult and Tehran slaughterhouse in the research that the artist conducted around this non-lived past that she carries variety of its memories through different modes of transference. Approaching the found footage as both an insider and an outsider, her work deals with notions of belonging and displacement, identity, social memory and colonial modernity.
Shirin Sabahi (b. Tehran) received her BA in photography from Tehran Art University in 2007 and her MFA from Malmö Art Academy in 2009. She is currently an artist-in-residence in rum46.
11. December – 15. December 2009
Monday to Sunday, 15:00 – 19:00
Opening Thursday 10 December, 17:00 – 21:00
Osservatorio Gualino, a center for contemporary photography in Turin in collaboration with Consorzio Villa Gualino will hold a slide show/conference program on Iranian photographer Mohammadreza Mirzaei.
Mohammadreza Mirzaei (born. 1986), is a photographer working and living in Tehran, whose work has been featured at Dubai’s The Empty Quarter Gallery, Tehran’s Seyhoun Gallery and Mall Galleries in London, among other galleries.
Michael Kenna has acclaimed his photos as a comment or exploration of the nature of human condition, and Mitra Tabrizian has admired the surreal quality and the sense of isolation in his works.
UN IRANIANO A TORINO
Slide Show e conferenza di Mohammadreza Mirzaei
A cura di Fulvio Bortolozzo
Friday November 27, 2009 – 18:00
viale Settimio Severo 63, 10133 Torino http://www.osservatoriogualino.net/ Tel. 348.774.7360
An Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Video Art in London: Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London,
15-17th October 2009
Opening times 10am – 8pm
Magic of Persia is presenting a pioneering and unique exhibition of video work by 14 Iranian artists, in the RCA’s Henry Moore Gallery. Curated by Dr Sami Azar, former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the show is the first time that contemporary Iranian video artists have been shown on such a scale in London. Established names such as Farideh Lashai and Avish Khebrezadeh, will be displayed alongside younger video artists, providing a great opportunity to view the diversity of current Iranian video art.
Hilger Brot Kunsthalle presents The Promise of Loss.
The Promise of Loss.
A Contemporary Index of Iran.
Curator: Shaheen Merali
Living as we all do in an imperfect world, where the remainders of the past fall away or return to haunt our creative contemporaries, the exhibition is a consolidation of many dashed hopes, a desire to build a shrine as well as to plant trees in the campus condemned to destruction. The artists enable both a reading of the situation and encouragement to cross the distance where the bitterness of loss reigns within the national moral.
The exhibition The Promise of Loss is organized to mine the huge ground of Iran. The connection of expertise to experience, the rhythm of its measures and the constancy of the artistic gaze into its shadows have made listening to the artists’ interpretations more urgent.
Mandana Moghaddam’s installation Sara’s Paradise (2009) is an ode to the time-honored place in the cemetery of Behesht e Zahra, Tehran, where the fate of the martyrs from the Iraq-Iran war that claimed over 800,000 young lives are commemorated. The place, as seen in the installation, is a gory fountain of red water continuously bleeding into the world. The source of the blood is the martyrs and their families who encouraged holy participation to the bitter end, lured by a promise of a place in paradise.
The exhibition will be curated in five sections:
a) Beyond Iran and near Tehran: Peyman Hooshmandzadeh and Mandana Moghaddam.
b) Graphic, unfolding tributaries: Parastou Forouhar, Sara Rahbar and Neda Razavipour.
c) Responses to legacies: Samira Abbassy, Babak Golkar, Amin Nourani, Behrang Samadzadegan and Jinoos Taghizadeh.
d) The main-melancholia: Iman Afsarian, Shahram Entekhabi, Abbas Kowsari and Rozita Sharafjahan.
e) Re-imaging the revolution: Masoumeh Bakhtiyari, Asgar/Gabriel, Shadi Ghadirian and Leila Pazooki. (Text by Shaheen Merali).
Artistic positions on the metropolis FORUM SCHLOSSPLATZ
Opening Reception: September 12, 2009, 5 p.m. Artists: Mehraneh Atashi
Thirty years have passed since the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Every four years the elections for presidency give reason to hope for reform. But since Juni 2009 the iranian regime shows the world public cleary that they are going to approach with violence against every opposition. Therefore now latest news about Iran fill the front pages of international newspapers. But Iran is a dictatorship for a long time, and the consequences are strongly reflected by contemporary iranian artist. This appears in the videos, photographies, drawings and installations since 2007 that the exhibition of Forum Schlossplatz is going to display. But these pieces point strongly on other, important moments: of normalcy and beauty, required yesterday, and required today to imagine the future. Teheran is a city where people live, in defiance of what is reported in the west. This is exemplified by the photographs of Mehraneh Atashi, Masoumeh Bakhtiary, Minoo Emami, Samira Eskandarfar, Hamed Sahihi und Mohamad Mehdi Tabatabaie, artists who live in Teheran and show us to their ways and places of workaday life. Advice for Sepember 17, 2009: Reflexions on the art scene of Tehran by Rozita Sharafjahan (Teheran) and Parastou Forouhar (Frankfurt a.M./Tehran), moderated by Susann Wintsch.
Inside Iran Out is an exhibition curated by Susann Wintsch, TREIBSAND DVD Magazine on Contemporary Art, for Forum Schlossplatz in Aarau.
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