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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.


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
Telephone:+98 21 88603050

One: The Forms, Two: The Plural Tense

One: The Forms, Two: The Plural Tense

One: The Forms, Two: The Plural Tense, is a combination of art works which look into contemporary forms of relating, theoretical trauma, part/whole relationships, change in time and duration. These notions will be explored through number of videos installations and physical art objects. There will be two bodies of artworks consisting of different parts that constantly refer to each other and the entirety. Lanie Chalmers attempts to analyze the shaping of unstable identities and Sona Safaei studies the relationship between parts of an incomplete whole questioning how existing parts are related to each other.

Lanie Chalmers & Sona Safaei
Opening: [March 8, 2013] 7 pm- 10 pm
Exhibition dates: [March 7 – 17, 2013]
Hours of Operation:
[Mon – Wed by appointment]
[Thurs – Sat 12-6pm]
[Sun 12-5pm]
NARWHAL Art Projects
2988 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Z4
Supported by OCAD University

Video-therapy, Session one: Recovery / one day screening at At Pratt, NYC

Video-therapy, Session one : RECOVERY - poster designed by Parkingallery studio
Programmed by Shahpour Pouyan (NYC) and Amirali Ghasemi (TEHRAN) from Parkingallery’s video archive “Video-therapy, Session one : Recovery” is an hour long video program which will be played in loop. The program features works by international artists living in Iran, United States, France, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Malaysia and India .
Mehraneh Atashi | Ghazaleh Bahiraie | Amir Bastan | Friederike Berat | Golnaz Esmaili | Anahita Hekmat | Junichiro Ishii | Gelare Khoshgozaran | Shahrzad Malekian | Macklen Mayse | Golrokh Nafisi | Tara Najd Ahmadi | Dhanya Pilo | Bita Razavi and Jaakko Karhunen | Judith Shimer | Melanie Schlachter | Rambod Vala and Neda Razavipour
Time and Date: Nov 9th, 2012, 5-9 pm
Location: Stueben Gallery at Juliana Curran building,
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, 11205

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 :

“John Cage is happening” 12 performances at East Art Gallery Tehran

John Cage is one of the most influential artists in various fields of arts in the twentieth and the present century. Who he was, what he has done and his place in art history is no secret to art lovers, although we should mention that the fifth of September 2012(14th Shahrivar 1391) is the centenary of his birthday and a good excuse for events all over the world taking place in his honour. It is also the reason for “John Cage is happening”. This project is based on a book called “Song Books” which was published in 1970.It is a collection of ninety instructions for music, performance, movement, etc. in three volumes. In this book, Cage experiments with various innovative ideas and different objects. The audience of these pieces is as active as the artist in the process of realisation of the artwork while experiencing transformation in the conventional definitions of the functions of everyday elements. At the same time, Cage creates a platform in which the artist is not the predominant creator and the determiner who is obeying ordinary rules but, with attention to the characteristics of the elements in hand, he establishes regulations for creating a specific structure in which the artistic happening occurs. “John Cage is happening” is a collection of 12 performances based on “Song books” created by 18 artists. Some of the performances are based on one piece, some are based on a few and some are inspired by John Cage’s general idea in this book.
Pouya Ehsaei & Amir Rad

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 and the Festival

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

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

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


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)

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)