Beyond the Exhibition I. Contextualising of the Emerging Iranian Artists

Beyond the Exhibit 3.14.
Contextualising of the Emerging Iranian Artists

Curated by: Shahram Entekhabi and Asieh Salimian

Artists: Shaghayegh Ahmadian | Negar (Zahra) Alemzade Gorji | Mostafa Choobtarash | Negar Ghiamat | Fahime Haghighi | Sara Hosseini Sefiddashti | Mehrdad Jafari | Alireza Nekouei | Roohangiz Safarinezhad | Rene Saheb | Farzin Shadmehr | Shahryar Rezaei

2nd March to 15st April 2018

Pre-opening conversation:
'Impacts on the Iran art scene today'
The panel will be attended by the curator team Shahram Entekhabi and Asieh Salimian (from Factory TT Berlin / Tehran); Lise Rakner, Professor Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, senior researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute and Chair of The Rafto Prize Committee. As political scientist she is focusing on the issues of democratisation and human rights; Toril Hansen from PEN Vestlandet; Malin Barth, Director of Kunsthall 3.14. The conversation starts with a brief presentation of PEN, by members of PEN Vestlandet.

Beyond the Exhibit3.13
Contextualising of the Emerging Iranian Artists

In today's globalized world, the need for cultural understanding and constructive relationships between countries and cultures is perhaps more important than ever. Cultural institutions should be agents of social change. This development raises an important question: Can we call the arts a form of "soft power" when they are used to achieve other goals (military, economic, geopolitical)? 'Soft power' society, gives room for cooperation, mutual understanding and exchange.

Beyond the Exhibit: Contextualizing Emerging Iranian Artists focus on the present and the future through the artists search for identity. They examine the effect of the influence of the decades-long embargo and subsequent domestic destabilization in the country. Topics such as real living conditions in an Islamic republic are all part of the artistic investigation.
Relevant to their work is the Belgian philosopher Isabelle Stengers thoughts about the "the art of paying attention." It is an emphasis on how artists and poets focus on the daily life, the art of living in focus, which means taking care of our commons and common ground. Gestures are more than language, the law (on which the nation and the nation state is based) is not equal to power, and the state does not define metaphysics. Artistic means can be non-representational. Artists have and claim a different power.

In Beyond the Exhibit: Contextualizing Emerging Iranian Artists, the curators introduce young Iranian artists born after the Islamic Revolution of 1978/1979. They are located in Teheran as well as other cities such as in Karaj, Kerman and Isfahan.

All exhibition contributions are accompanied by interviews with the participants, initiated, directed and filmed by Shahram Entekhabi and Asieh Salimian. These video clips shed light on the respective artistic career, the social position of the artist, the conditions of production and their themes.

Factory TT Berlin/Tehran encourages encounters of international intellectuals, scholars and the public with emerging Iranian artists – to create possibilities to produce new bodies of work and to respond to cultural, economic, and social contexts as an essential foundation for a further development of contemporary art in Iran. Factory TT Berlin/Tehran challenges the Iranian art scenes status quo. It was initiated in 2015 by Shahram Entekhabi and Asieh Salimian.

Beyond the Exhibit I: Contextualizing Emerging Iranian Artists where first featured at Gallery Katharina Maria Raab in Berlin earlier this year.

Shahram Entekhabi + Asieh Salimian

3nd March January - 4th April 2018
(Opening: Friday, 2nd March 2018, 6 pm)

Vågsallmenningen 12, 5014 Bergen, Hordaland


NOTE: Factory TT is neither supported by any government, nor any political interest, ideology or religion.