My interview with Zoya Sardashti Magic of Persia’s CURATE ARCHIVE online resident about my trilogy painting “The All-seeing eye”.
Montedomini, Florence ,Italy.
25 November 2016 to 8 January 2017
4-11 March, 2016.
Lajevardi foundation , Tehran, Iran.
Artists : FEREYDOON AVE, SADEVH TIRAFKAN, KHOSRO HASANZADEH, TOORAJ KHAMENEZADEH, ALI ZANJANI, HOSSEIN SOLTANI, ALI SHAYESTEH, MOEEN SHEYKH SHOAIE, PEYMAN SHAFIEE ZADEH, IMAN SAFAEI, SIAVASH TALAIE, HOSSEIN EDALATKHAH, MOHSEN FOULADPOUR, NAVID AZIMI SAJADI, MORTEZA GHASEMI, ABBAS KOVISARI, BEHDAD LAHOOTI, MEHRDAD MOHEBALI, MOHAMMAD MOHEBBI, ARDESHIR MOHASSESS, AHMAD MORSHEDLOO, MOHAMMAD MARVASTI, NIKZAD NOJM.IMI, AHMAD AMIN NAZAR, PEYMAN HOOSHMANDZADEH.
16 – 20 March 2015
Artists: Abdolreza Aminlari, Azi Amiri, Negar Jahanbakhsh, Amirnasr Kamgooyan, Nader Koochaki, Shahrzad Malekian, Nafise Mighani, Hani Najm, Pendar Nabipour, Mahdieh Pazoki, Farnaz Rabieijah, Hamed Rashtian, Mamali Shafahi, Melika Shafahi, Peyman Shafieezadeh, Alma Sinai, Sona Safaei Sooreh, Siavash Talaei, Pezhman Zahed, Mohsen Zare.
Exhibition Opening Monday 16 March 7-10pm
Inaugurated by HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan
Held in a residential villa, five minutes drive from Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah, the MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist Exhibition will feature artwork by 20 emerging Iranian artists identified from over 280 applicants through an online open call.
Up to seven Finalists will be selected by the Judging Panel, comprised of leading figures from the Iranian and International art scenes. The 2015 judges are: Jananne Al-Ani, Artist, Dr. Sussan Babaie, Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art, Matthew Collings, Art Critic, Writer and Broadcaster, Isaac Julien, Artist and Filmmaker, Dr. Andrew Patrizio, Art Historian and Curator. Dr. Patrizio will act as the Chair of the 2015 Judging Panel.
April 24 – May 24, 2014.
Rush Arts Gallery, Newyork
Artists: Tammam Azzam, Alonzo Brown (the original Mr. Hyde), Caitlin Cherry, Aline Dolinh, Farid Farlek, Humans of Tehran artists collective, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Immortal Technique, Kinetics, Kim Noble, Shahpour Pouyan, Rakim, Sadra Shahab, Elias Shalhoub, Sham MCs, Spiritual Mic, Siavash Talaei (Sis Tan), Francis A. Willey, Fred Wilson, Ehsan Ziya (Atour).
Curated by Julie Ashcraft
This exhibition explores the geostrategic and cultural diplomacy aspects of Hip Hop. Handwritten lyrical poems, paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos by Iranian, Syrian and American visual and performing artists Tammam Azzam, Caitlin Cherry, Farid Farlek, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Kinetics, Nooshafarin Movaffagh, Shahpour Pouyan, Ali Quf, Rakim, Sadra Shahab, Elias Shalhoub, Edward Shalash, Sham MCs, Siavash Talaei, Fred Wilson, and Ehsan Ziya/Atour Divar are included in this exhibition in addition to music videos by outstanding rappers from Iran, Syria and the USA.
Hip Hop began in New York City and has taken root in Iran & Syria. Now Hip Hop comes back to our shores refreshed with a wider point of view, long poetic history context –– and sometimes a Middle Eastern 6/8 beat. In the meanwhile some Hip Hop artists here in the U.S.A. have also been paying close attention to foreign affairs, international cartels, ancient history, human rights, and social justice. This is reflected in their lyrical poems and songs.
As curator of this exhibition, I don’t necessarily agree with all the viewpoints expressed by all the artists. Instead, I am trying to encourage artists to express themselves and I’m inviting artists with various viewpoints and backgrounds. After all, artists in a rap cypher express contrasting viewpoints and this is part of what makes it interesting.