The exhibition space Castrum Peregrini will host the works of artists who are affiliated with the Azad Art Gallery in Teheran. The works critically reflect upon to the contemporary political situation in Iran.
The participating artists are: Mehraneh Atashi, Navid Azimi Sajadi, Mahmood
Bakhshi, Masoumeh Bakhtiary, Majid Fathizadeh, Parastou Forouhar, Farhad
Fozouni, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Taha Heydary, Melodi Hosainzadeh, Katayoun Karami,
Aria Kasaei, Majid Korang Beheshti, Azadeh Madani, Amir Mobed, Mehran Mohajer,
Masoumeh Mozafari, Homan Nobakht, Sara Roohisefat, Atefeh Samaei, Rozita
Sharafjahan, Mohamad M. Tabatabaei.
This group exhibition offers an exceptional insight into the bodily experiences
behind the events of the ‘Green Revolution’ in Iran. These protests have
been marked as the beginning of the Arabic Spring and the general outcry for
democracy in the Middle East. The freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly
and the freedom of mobility are so self-evident in our daily lives, but still have
to be fought for every single day elsewhere. This exhibition shows how the artists
collective around the Azad Art Gallery contribute to this battle with their art.
The exhibition has been curated by international operating curator Shaheen
Merali. The goal is to offer these artists from Iran a podium and the Dutch public
the chance to become acquainted with the contemporary arts from this region.
Shaheen Merali is an independent curator, who has, inter alia, worked as the
Head of Exhibitions at the Haus der Kulteren der Welt. Merali edited several
publications, including Far Near Distance, Contemporary Positions for Iranian
Artists (2004); Spaces and Shadows, Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia and
About Beauty (2005); New York-States of Mind and Re-Imagining Asia (Saqi Books
2007) and Everywhere is War (and rumors of war) for Bodhi Mumbai, India (2008)
The opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday the 27th of October, 18:00.
Doors will open on 17:00 at Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401, Amsterdam,
telephone number 0031-20- 623 52 87.
By Framer Framed in collaboration with Castrum Peregrini
There will be a special event on every Tuesday evening 20:00 hour during the
exhibition. These evenings will be organised together with several partners,
including Mezrab Storytelling and On File. There will be a showing of the
documentary “Daughters of Malakeh”, lectures by the curator and participating
artists, debates on current events, middle eastern politics and art. Participants
include: Kitty Zijlmans (Professor of Contemporary Art History, University of
Leiden), Reza Abedini (Graphic Artist and Artistic Director of the Azad Art Gallery),
Peyman Jafari (Researcher, University of Amsterdam), Shervin Nekue (Political
Scientist), Jet Homoet (Film-maker), Sahand Sahebdivani (Storyteller), Paul Aarts
(Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science,
University of Amsterdam), and Sharog Heshmat Manesh (Film-maker and Lecturer
at the Amsterdam University of Applies Sciences).
A special event will take place during the Museumnacht (2nd of November).
Stiekem kan hier alles (In secret, everything is possible) in cooperation with
Eefje Blankevoort, journalist and author of the publication by the same title.
Speaking from the Heart – The Polemic Sensibility from Iran is a collaboration
between curator Shaheen Merali, Framer Framed, Castrum Peregrini, the Freies
Museum in Berlijn and the Azad Art Gallery in Teheran. The exhibition has been
made possible thanks to the contribution of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds,
Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst – AFK, Lira and the Goethe Institute.