Category Archives: What’s on!

what’s on view in Tehran’s museums(!), galleries, venues and …

Limited Access V festival | Aaran, no 6, Vista Galleries & Darbast Platform

Limited Access Festival 5 | Poster Designed by Hooman Alizadeh
Limited Access Festival 5 | Poster Designed by Hooman Alizadeh
Limited Access, International Festival of moving image, sound and performance was founded by Parkingallery projects in early 2007 and will celebrate its 5th edition and 7th anniversary in December 2014.
The Tehran based Festival, naturally evolved from Parkingallery’s Video Archive: an ongoing project which documents the diverse and fragmented Iranian new media art scene both in Iran and abroad since 2004.
Limited Access collaborates with individuals, collectives and archival projects across the globe. Formerly, it teamed up with Reloading Images (Berlin), SCCA (Ljubljana), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo) and Studio Strike (London).
Recently, it has partnered with the NEW MEDIA SOCIETY which is a Tehran based Archival initiative to collect, record and research with focus on new media.
The Festival has had the pleasure of working with various guest curators, to name a few: Miha Colner & Ida Hirsenfelder (SCCA – Ljubljana), Sarah Rifkey (Townhouse Gallery Cairo), Rozita Sharafjahan (Azad Gallery – Tehran ), Bita Razavi (Helsinki ) Shirin Sabahi (Stockholm/Berlin), Anahita Hekmat (Paris), Sona Safaei Sooreh (Toronto) & Ryan b Willie (San Francisco – free form film festival).

PARISHANI, video screening at Art Cinema OFFoff, Gent


Compiled by  Amirali Ghasemi and Mahdieh Fahimi

The program wishes to investigate Mental illnesses and its reflection in a gradient of works by Iranian artists from different disciplines. Using moving images. Ranging from photography to music video, and from fiction to experimental film, works are carefully selected and deal with the issue from various angles self-aware to situations occurs to the human body in transition.

Farid Jafari Samarghandi | Rozita Sharafjahan |Simin Keramati | Neda Razavipour | Anahita Hekmat | Payam Mofidi | Rambod Vala | Amir Mobed | Tala Vahabzadeh | Narges Naseri | Allahyar Najafi | Celia Eslamieh shomal | Amir Bastan | Shirin Mohammad | Rasoul Ashtari | Abtin Mozafari vs B-band | Siamak Janjaali vs Kajart

PARISHANI is made by in collaboration with Parkingallery Projects Tehran, Iranian New Media Society and Art Cinema OFFoff.

Thursday 27 november 2014 – 20:30

Art Cinema OFFoff

Begijnhof Ter Hoye
Lange Violettestraat 237, B-9000 Gent



Salvation, GAZA at Niavaran Cultural Center – Tehran

Salvation, GAZA
Contemporary art exhibition
Curated by Amir Hossein Bayani, Gohar Dashti and Koroush Golnari
Niavaran Cultural Center
September 12 – October 13, 2014

Salvation, Gaza | poster designed by Hamid Nikkhah

from the press release …

Although the image of war and tramp of Palestinian in Gaza scare us, the bomb does not fall on our houses. Who can fully understand the ultimate misery and suffering by looking at these photo in a secure and peaceful situation? The mass media coverage of the Gaza Strip promotes passiveness and prostration. A mother who has lost her child and has no choice but grieving. That is the same portrayal of the oppressed’s reaction to the tyrant and it is the subject of melodramas which move us. At this point, what might tears and sigs show outside the geographical boarder of Palestine? Does it have any effects rather that public announcement of prostration and promotion of the desperate oppression? The Gaza Exhibition is the attempt to portray this catastrophe devoid of philanthropic feelings and excitements. Although the purpose of this exhibition is to support Palestinian People, it endeavors to look at them as strong and active people rather than oppressed people who deserve pity. Hence, I have tried to look for works that do not provoke immediate feelings which get subsided quickly. Despite the fact that this exhibition does not soothe the pain of Gaza’s disaster, it is a movement away from common desperation and prostration of today’s shows. It the approach to say we are not indifferent and are able to do something except crying.
Gohar Dashti


more info will be posted accordingly!


Cohesive Disorder by PAYAM MOFIDI at Asar Art Gallery, Tehran

PAYAM MOFIDI Cohesive Disorder
12 September -3 October, 2014

Cohesive Disorder
Assar Art Gallery presents Cohesive Disorder, an exhibition of drawings and a video installation by Payam Mofidi.
In his second solo show with the gallery, the artist debuts his latest series in his hometown, Tehran, before presenting it in FNC (Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal) in October 2014. A metaphoric narrative on present human conditions viewed from an ontological and social perspective, the series comprises six drawings and three video animations. Narrated in a lyrical aesthetic language, all three parts of the video-installation share a visual and epistemological expression. The paradoxical plot – agony and comfort (Cohesive Disorder1), innocence and impurity (Cohesive Disorder 2) and searching while blindfolded (Cohesive Disorder 3) – as well as the loop in which the characters seem to be trapped, metaphorically signify the social actuality of contemporary man. The hands as an invisible controlling power with the napkin as a healing icon or an instrumental tool play key motifs in all three parts of the trilogy, poetically referring to the global social order in which the very production of people, their bodies and even modes of subjectivity undergo a constant monitoring and control. Payam Mofidi’s drawings and videos are both based on real scenography, captured in time through either staged photography or videography. Using same technique to transfer the photos or his selected video frames onto paper, he artistically manipulates his captured images with his sketches and creates his independent drawings out of the photos or turn the sketched frames back into video using animation techniques.

From Cohesive Disorder by PAYAM MOFIDI – 2014 Image courtesy of Artist and Asar Art Gallery

Born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, Payam Mofidi has participated in many international group exhibitions and festivals and received several grants. Before moving to Montreal, Canada, where he currently lives and works, he received his Master’s degree in Animation from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratif in Paris and his BA in Graphic Design from Azad University in Tehran.

Click here to see more at Asar Art Gallery’s website

3rd Friday of August – Tehran Gallery Scene

Thanks to the lower temperature (a bit)  in Tehran, Galleries are slowly waking up with solo/debut shows by young artists and of course, group shows are trendy too, for this time of the year.

 The Emphasized Six - Merva Gallery -Babak Haj MohammadAli, Ghazaleh Zeinalpour, Nima Maghsoudi
The Emphasized Six – Merva Gallery -Babak Haj MohammadAli, Ghazaleh Zeinalpour, Nima Maghsoudi
Mourning for the dead sister| Hamid Janipour & Roozbeh Roozbehani | Mehrva Gallery | Aug 24 – Sep 8

Mehrva Gallery with new directors Amirali Golriz & Azin Raad, has been raising a lot of attention lately with their vibrant programming showing a great selection of photographs and drawings.
the second half of August will be reserved for photographers;
With “The Emphasized Six” a current photo installation (and interactive ) by Babak Haj MohammadAli, Ghazaleh Zeinalpour & Nima Maghsoudi and the upcoming show by Hamid Janipour & Roozbeh Roozbehani called “Mourning for the dead sister”, and their photographs from Istanbul, Turkey.

Cradle | Aliyar Rasty | Video still
Cradle | Aliyar Rasty | Video still

Aaran gallery has hosted a Solo Video exhibition of Aiyar Rasti. Titled “PRO.LOGUE”. Opening at Aaran Gallery on 21st August.

The questioning notion of time, Aliyar Rasti will present six video artworks that have been in making for almost two years. These works are a play between staged and documentary image-making; by documenting real-time events in Long Takes and deluding the essence of time, he attempts to create loops. Continuous moving images that are trapped in time.

He writes: Occurrences do not begin but are a continuous eternity
In the passage of time, we arrive to a point of occurrence and experience it. Based on our experiences we categorize occurrences and create borders. Borders break down the polarity of  Being and credence repetition.
check Rasty’s online portfolio, here

Sara Dehghan | Pathological Life
Sara Dehghan | Pathological Life

Sara Dehghan is showing her Paintings in a solo Exhibition at Dastan’s Basement: “Pathological Life” Aug 22 to Sep 1, 2014
Click here for more info on the gallery website.

Incident Light at Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga

Tara Najd Ahmadi & Hannah Darabi, Studio DCI – attempt 1, 2014 Laminated black and white photo 8 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artists.

Incident Light:
Gendered Artifacts and Traces Illuminated in the Archives
Curated by Leila Pourtavaf
Tara Najd Ahmadi & Hannah Darabi*, Ala Dehghan* Maryam Jafri, Jumana Manna, Nahed Mansour, The Otolith Group & Tejal Shah
May 25 – July 27, 2014

*works commissioned by Azar Mahmoudian in collaboration with the curator

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 25, 3 – 6pm
A FREE shuttle bus will depart from Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto) at 3pm,  returning for 6pm.
Join us at 4pm for a tour of the exhibition with curators Leila Pourtavaf, Azar Mahmoudian, and artistNahed Mansour

I’ve Heard Stories
A Film program curated by Azar Mahmoudian
Wednesday, May 28, 7 – 9pm
City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, Toronto
FREE and open to the public
I’ve Heard Stories presents five international short films, each exploring the intersection of art and documentary practices:

I’ve Heard Stories 1 by Marwa Arsanios (Lebanon, 2008)
Swede Home by Shirin Sabahi (Iran/Sweden, 1966/1973/1975/2009)
Sans Titre (Untitled) by Neil Beloufa (Algeria/France, 2010)
Everywhere Was the Same by Basma Al Sharif (United States, 2007)
Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed by Miranda Pennell (UK, 2010)

 Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga 3359 Mississauga Road Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6, Canada
Tel: 905-828-3789 

For more information, please click here.

“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)

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.

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.