Locus, Upcoming Iranian Artists Abroad, at Gemak/Vrije Academie, The Hague

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Some time ago i visited the exhibition Locus, Upcoming Iranian Artists Abroad at Vrije Academie/Gemak to write an article about it. The article being published on Villa La Repubblica, it’s time to show some more impressions. It starts with

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a poetic touch by Farhad Fozouni (1979) using both Latin and Persian script and

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even integrating illustrations as part of the poem, or vice versa. Another possibility

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for a starter is to watch a documentary by Hamed Yousefi (1981) about modern and present day visual culture in Iran,

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amongst others about Reza Abedini (1967), who designed the poster for this exhibition.

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Celia Eslamieh Shomal (1981),

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having become part of both Dutch and Iranian culture,

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puts a face on that hybridity, using the colour orange.

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Pendar Nabipour (1985) mystifies remembrances of Iranian design of the 1980’s.

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Nabipour is also co-curator of the exhibition (compliments!).

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Amir Tirandaz (1984) has moved his studio to Gemak for the time of the exhibition. Around the time

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of my visit there wasn’t much activity, but that’s some time ago already. So, go and check!

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Ehsan Behmanesh (1979)

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left this suitcase,

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trying to find its way in two cities.

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Arefeh Riahi (1979) makes writing in both scripts corporeal by

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writing simultaneously with both hands.

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Ehsan Fardjadniya (1983) has built a dome referring to

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architecture which puts the weight of power on

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our shoulders and full of monitors showing the power of the media, while

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you hear him reading a letter to his mother, making

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the whole thing almost heart breaking.

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Another heart breaker (well, in a positive sense, that is) is

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Mehregan Kazemi’s (1985) photo and text installation about

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the loss of innocence and becoming part of a humiliated and humiliating community. For

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Siamak Anvari’s (1981) installation you have to take off your shoes. His is

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partly a sound installation. The santur

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(the musical instrument) is broken by the change of climate, but will sound by itself now and then. In another

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room you can see still more documentaries by Yousefi. Take

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your time, it’s interesting.

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And don’t forget to sign up for Joubin Zargarbashi’s (1976) endearing and sympathetic Omnigaze project!

All together this is another fine museum-like presentation by Gemak. Take your time and see that the world is bigger than your little town.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

Click here for the full article and some more pictures on Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

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One thought on “Locus, Upcoming Iranian Artists Abroad, at Gemak/Vrije Academie, The Hague

  1. Pingback: LOCUS – Upcoming Iranian Artists Abroad, Oct. Nov. 2014 | Pendar Nabipour

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