Parkingallery Projects had started its activities in Summer 1998 in a garage space in North-West of Tehran, it has established Parking Video Library in 2003-2004, as a research platform for Video, Moving images and experimental film. Back in 2007, after an exchange project with Berlin, 3 artists who were based in Tehran at a time, gathered in a Cafe to discuss the necessity of a collective dedicated to New Media Arts in Tehran, Translation, Archiving, and Education were on the top of their list of ideas. Although that didn’t lead anywhere concrete at the time. Those continuous conversations paved the way for what is now called “New Media Society”. Established in 2014, the young initiative didn’t have a permanent space for a year and after working in a rented temporary office in downtown Tehran for a couple of months, finally, they landed in a small house in Karimkhan Ave, which later became what is now known as New Media Projects, a library, an Archive, and a project space. in the following years, started to host its own events and soon other collectives joined to hold their programs at the space, an analog photo lab was added to space and a curated residency program.
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Parkingallery, a design studio, a project room, library, and archive, Stay Tuned for the updates, we are working on a publication to be launched this year and a series of events…
Throughout August, Club Solo will host the independent artists’ initiative Parkingallery from Tehran, taking on the name of Hotel Solo to host artists from abroad. This marks the second time a foreign artists’ initiative has been a part of the Hotel Solo programme.
Hotel Solo is Club Solo’s way of reaching out to international artists’ initiatives and providing them with the opportunity to present themselves outside of their own location. They do so according to their own insight.
Parkingallery has presented young artists from Tehran since 1998. One component of its programming is the Iranian New Media Society (INMS), a platform for studying and showing new media art in Iran. Parkingallery will start a new initiative in Breda: ‘The Nomad School for New Media, Sound and Performance’. Nine young Iranian artists will be presenting workshops, events and public projects at Club Solo, under the moniker of ‘Wake-up Stories’.
– When did you wake up?
– I don’t know, a while ago…
– Tell me about it?
– Why? do you wanna ask if I had a dream?
– No, tell me a story, a wake-up story!
Storytelling is an essential part of Iranian culture, and an important aspect of the participating artists’ projects.
‘Wake-up Stories’ will play host to a number of meetings and exchanges centred around the notion of awakening and the transition from sleeping to waking. How does storytelling play a role in this? How can stories feed the imagination and bring about connections and changes?
The artists from Iran will be working together with Iranian artists living and working in Europe and guest lecturers from the fields of visual art, performance, film, audiovisual media, architecture, photography, and cooking., Parkingallery initiator and curator Amirali Ghasemi will act as the curator of ‘Wake-up Stories’.
Guests (Nederland, Duitsland en België)
Nazgol Emami (Teheran 1978, woont en werkt in Keulen), Sohrab Motabar en Leonie Roessler (Teheran, 1984 en Duitsland, wonen en werken in Den Haag), Erfan Abdi (Teheran, 1983, woont en werkt in Den Haag), Mahdieh Fahimi (1988, woont en werkt in Gent), Setareh Fatehi Irani (woont en werkt in Amsterdam), Atousa Bandeh (Teheran, 1968, woont en werkt in Amsterdam), Pendar Nabipour (woont en werkt in Rotterdam)
PROGRAMME AND OPENING HOURS (6-28 August)
You can visit Club Solo from Wednesday till Sunday from 11 AM til 5 PM. Besides these regular opening hours, there are events plannend every week which you can find on our Website and Facebook page.
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).
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 www.OFFoff.be
This Friday No. 6 Gallery will host “New Photographs” the latest Photography exhibition by Mohammadreza Mirzaei.
Mohammadreza Mirzaei (born 1986) is an Iranian photographer. He attended IRIB Art School, in Tehran to study graphic design, when he was 15, but he quickly discovered photography and focused his artworks on this medium. In 2008, his photo series Rewind won the first prize of the 3rd photo feast of Tehran’s University of Art.MIRZAEI has been active as critic and translator of photographic texts for Iranian media and he was also founder and editor of Dide Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography. He was also one of the jurors at the International Photobook Award 2011. He recently got his degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
MOHAMMADREZA MIRZAEI‘s photos are timeless. His artistic approach to the medium transforms reality into a theater of illusion. His staging of the ordinary creates a simulacrum, and the neutral elements of our daily lives take on new meanings. No matter where they are captured, his images are enigmatic documents that gradually give rise to a sense of uncertainty.
Opening: Friday: Friday 10th October 2014, 4-8 pm
The show continues until 20th October 2014.
Visiting Hours: 4-8 pm.
The gallery is closed on Thursdays.
Ground Floor, No.2, 20th St., Mirza Shirazi St., Tehran
Noor-Sanj | light-meter
Videos from Parking video Library
With works by Mohamad Abbasi, Rasoul Ashtari, Hadi Falahpisheh, Mani Mazinani, Shirin Mohammad, Allahyar Najafi, Hamed Sahihi, Neda Zarfsaz & Mo H Zarei
Curated by Amirali Ghasemi
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
About two years ago, I met Marlies Poshl in Tehran, an enthusiastic Film/video maker who came for a one-month Residency at the Austrian Embassy. the encounter caused a series of conversations which lead to further collaborations, next year during the 5th edition of the Limited Access Festival we had the pleasure to invite 2 members from Golden Pixel (Marlies Poshl and Nathalie Koger) to curate a screening program from Vienna. Vanishing point was a response to that invitation, and Now LIGHT-METER is a counter program curated from Parkingallery’s Video archive, from Iranian artists question the notion of “Light” in parallel to their various concerns and perspectives using from everyday objects to music and from dance, found footage & Animation to music.
a woman is worth a thousand questions. Alternative Media from Iran
Mon Oct 27 |8:30 pm| Tuesday, Oct 28 |8:30 pm|
Jack H. Skirball Series
Admission: $11 [members $8]
Presented as part of the LA/Islam Arts Initiative led by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
The citywide LA/Islam Art Initiative arrives at REDCAT with two evenings of powerful, eye-opening works that deconstruct and recontextualize women’s complex relationship with Islam in Iranian culture and society. Running the gamut from experimental film to video and performance art, from animation to documentary, the featured projects draw special attention to the ways in which women and women’s bodies are posited both within Islam and at its border, with the codes of sexual propriety, veiling and separation functioning as signifiers of a condition fraught with contradiction and hope.
The evening of Monday, October 27 will be devoted to experimental media, with a video performance by photographer Haleh Anvari, an installation and documentation of a public performance by multi-media artist Jinoos Taghizadeh, an experimental animation by Pooya Razi, witty, poignant, and visually compelling vignettes by Samira Eskandarfar and Nassrin Nasser and body art by Nikoo Tarkhani. On Tuesday, October 28, three documentaries focusing on the bodies of women and their representation will be shown: two shorter pieces by Samira Eskandarfar and Firouzeh Khorosvani and Loghman Khaledi’s award-winning Nessa (2011).
This program is also part of REDCAT’s ongoing Jack H. Skirball Series curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
Launching this fall, the Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI is the first-of-its-kind, wide-scale citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programmings such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances.
“Middle Eastern artists do not need heroes. They are tired of sacred portraits and they actively tear them down. They despise halos of sacredness be it based on religious, historical or political ideologies – even if they are based on traditional or modern artistic concepts.” – Jinoos Taghizadeh
If there is a thread that runs through [contemporary Iranian video works], it’s their self-conscious fragility as carriers of meaning. They invoke collectivity only to underscore its absence, and they hint at a historical narrative only to shrug off any shared ideals of progress. – Bidoun
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is located at 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 – in downtown Los Angeles at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking structure and in adjacent lots.
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.
more info will be posted accordingly!
Independent art space for new media | Tehran | Iran