Power Struggle
with the subject of “Self, Power, Politics”

Curated by: Katharina Maria Raab and Asieh Salimian

Participating artists: Ali & Ramyar | Negar Alemzadeh Gorji | Mahi Binebine | Mostafa Choobtarash | Rima Eslammaslak | Ahmed Kamel | David Krippendorff | Elisabeth Masé | Andrea Salvino | Mina Talaee

A collaboration of:
Katharina Maria Raab Gallery, Berlin
Factory TT Berlin / Tehran
Supported by:
Aria Residency
Zuker e.V

Graphic design: Saeed Majnoon

11-28 January 2019
Exhibition Hosted by:
Mahe Mehr Gallery
No. 7, Niloufar Street, Africa Blvd, Tehran, Iran
"Power Struggle" CURATED BY: Katharina Maria Raab and Asieh Salimian (Factory TT Berlin /Tehran)

Power Struggle
with the subject of “Self, Power, Politics”
In today's world, we observe a new stage of evolutions in the capitalism system, which seeks to harness and harmonize the world through the media influence, the collapse and displacement of economic and political boundaries, as well as the takeover and imposition of production. With the dominance of supercompanies on the world, changes occur throughout the societies, which have a huge impact on culture, private and social structures, including the family, the young generation, relations between women and men, and so on. It also creates the patterns which define and harmonize our relationships. In this system, by the engineering of human and cultural relations, the technical necessities and the “reform” of native traditions and structures, different procedures of deprivation, regulation, and discipline are used to facilitate the “governance” on individuals and groups. Finally, it leads to the formation of new powers which are distinct from the traditional methods of governance. In this way, we encounter different forms of social inhibition as well as exercise of power and internal suppression by the people.

On the other hand, our today’s world, regardless of this influence, has found new frameworks and definitions of social structure. These new movements, which have arisen from human rights, women's rights, besides social and environmental responsibilities, have played a major role even in contemporary art. Thus, scenes of power struggle between the volition and the role of the people of society, against the propaganda and the mechanism of power and domination have emerged. Comprehension of the cultural currents which guide the society requires knowledge about the new behaviours of the people in modern and postmodern societies; Therefore, knowledge about the various aspects of the human spirit is a major step for understanding cultures and intercultural relationships. This spirit may appear in the gender field, it may also be used as a tool or media, and on the other hand, it can become an arena of politics around the world.

This exhibition, titled “Power Struggle”, with the subject of “Self, Power, Politics” is an attempt to demonstrate the viewpoints of contemporary artists about the necessity of changes in society, as well as their interpretation with the aim of clarifying and creating a better world. “Power Struggle” exhibition is an international event, bringing together the artists from Iran, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Morocco and Egypt, to explore their points of view on this issue. This exhibition is in line with the activities of “Factory TT” and “Katharina Maria Raab” gallery in Berlin. “Factory TT” aims to provide context of historical needs and development of art on the basis of communicating and conversation with the society for the independent community of artists. “Factory TT” intends to raise and review the issues such as critique, inquiry and analysis of the social, economic, and political topics of today’s Iran. “Factory TT” is a platform for thoughtful artists and audiences.

“Katharina Maria Raab” gallery also tries in the same way to give a wider look to Europe's neighbours, outside of the defined economic frameworks in Europe, in cooperation with the artists especially from the MENA countries.

We are pleasant that the exhibition of “Power Struggle” is held in Iran, hosted by “Mahe-Mehr” gallery. This gallery is a subset of one of the most active cultural institutes in Tehran, which expands interdisciplinary communications to grow and display the contemporary art. The exhibition of “Power Struggle” will also be held next year in Berlin.

Asieh Salimian
December 2018



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