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Inside Teheran Out – artistic positions on the metropolis

Inside Teheran Out

Inside Teheran Out

Artistic positions on the metropolis
Opening Reception: September 12, 2009, 5 p.m.

Mehraneh Atashi
Mahmoud Bakhshi-Moakhar
Samira Eskandarfar
Ghazaleh Hedayat
Meysam Mahfouz
Mehran Mohajer
Neda Razavipour
Hamed Sahihi
Rozita Sharafjahan

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.

FORUM SCHLOSSPLATZ Laurenzenvorstadt 3,
5000 Aarau
T 0041 (0)62 822 65 11

Erfan Abdi at Assar art Gallery

Accurate Information on the Exact Number of Killed in this Accident is not yet at Hand
Accurate Information on the Exact Number of Killed in this Accident is not yet at Hand

“Accurate Information on the Exact Number of Casualties in this Accident is not yet at Hand” is the latest video installation by Erfan Abdi is now on view at Assar Art Gallery along with a handful of well-known artists in 101: Oil and its Aftermath – Politics, Modernism, Society, Environment.

The installation fills the small entrance hall of the gallery, a small TV is surrounded last objects in the dark which seems to be oil barrels in lit up by the light coming from the video which only lasts 2 minutes and yes, I’m not going to tell you and you should see it for yourself!

Other interesting pieces are there, worths mentioning are “No Comment” an installation from Mohammad Ghazali & Soheil Afshar, also Arash Hanaei’s lightboxes which read “How to Engage in Dialogue” and finally “Open Seas” a video by Behrang Samadzadegan which has been made for the 5th Gyumri biennial (2006 Armenia) and featured in Parkingallery’s 2 previous projects Limited Access (2007) and Conscious in Coma (2007) Istanbul.

The show also includes one of the latest pieces from Mahmoud Bakhshi’s Industrial revolution, “Mother of Nation” and A4 printed paper next to it reads: unfortunately the work is not turned on due to a large number of visitors might show up at the opening!

for more information please see the exhibition page here from the Digital Assar website.

Irrelevant Conclusion and comment: Don’t get so excited to go to every opening and visit the show later or you might regret it! but generally, in many galleries which are not used to show new media works in Tehran, it’s the contrary! Everything is prepared for the opening even with an hour delay, and during the visiting hours the other day, you should ask someone to turn on the videos/sounds for you!

Limited Access II …. Save The Date 30th of Oct

Limited Access 2
Limited Access 2


The 2009 International edition of  Parkingallery’s successful project LIMITED ACCESS (Azad Art Gallery, March 2007), will be heading Azad Art Gallery in early November, 2009. This year the project includes internationally curated video screening, plus special events showcasing  the latest New Media, Sound Art and Performance projects from Tehran.


Series of events, video screenings, hearing sessions and performances from Tehran and elsewhere
Organized by Parkingallery in collaboration with Azad Art Gallery and Mooweex

Azad Art Gallery

No 5, Salmas Square, Golha Square, Tehran
30 October – 4 November 2009
Daily Visiting Hours: Fri – Thurs 4-8 pm
Opening night and performances: Friday 30 October, 4-8 pm

video screenings curated by

Miha Colner / Ida Hirsenfelder (Ljubljana/SL)
Amirali Ghasemi (Tehran/IR)
Bita Razavi (Helsinki/FI)
Sarah Rifky (Cairo/EG)
Shirin Sabahi (Malmo/SE)
Rozita Sharafjahan (Tehran/IR)

plus a special screening from Mooweex Archive
selected by Arash Khakpour (Tehran/IR)

Further details will be announced soon.