Speaking for Themselves خود بازگوی

Contemporary Art from Iran


7 - 30 March 2019

Katharina Maria Raab Gallery, Berlin


Curated by: Shahram Entekhabi | Asieh Salimian


Participating artists: Ali Babaei zad | Basira Bolboli | Marjan Ghorbani | Zahra Mohamadi | Pooneh Oshidari | Nasim Pirhadi | Zartosht Rahimi | Ali Soltani Tehrani | Azam Tabatabaei | Ehsan Ziafatii


The exhibition "Speaking for Themselves" takes a look at the contemporary art scene in Iran and consists of a selection of works created by young artists. What is clearly seen in this exhibition is a kind of visual and conceptual difference between the artworks displayed here. Some of these art works reflect social, gender, and political issues. A part of Iran's art scene has been attempting for many years to develop a visual similarity to Western contemporary art production and its strategies. This variety of accesses to art is reflected in the exhibition: On the one hand, some artists reflect their inner concerns in a variety of media. On the other hand, some artists exclusively reflect on one specific media and its traditions in Iran. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the exhibition mirrors a duality within contemporary art production: A self-reflective focus on art production in Iran and in Teheran in particular stands opposite an alignment to Western art production and a global art market. In a sense, the exhibition “Speaking for Themselves” maps the socio-political situation in Iran between a continuity of the Islamic revolution and an opening to the West.


Asieh Salimian

March 2019

Factory TT 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 challenges the Iranian art scenes status quo. It was initiated in 2015 by Shahram Entekhabi | Asieh Salimian.


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