Galerie Stuttgart| Dadbeh Bassir

Dadbeh Bassir, in the exhibition:
Giving Yesterday a Tomorrow …
Iran: Architecture and Art

Opening at IFA-Galerie Stuttgart
Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA)
Charlottenplatz 17, D-70173 Stuttgart
Opening 22nd April- 3rd July 2016

How does a society deal with its cultural heritage? How can approaches to identity, culture, tradition and history become a resource? How can we give yesterday a tomorrow, as Le Corbusier put it during a journey in 1929? In Iran, a country that can look back at several millennia of high culture, and whose cultural identity has experienced highly diverse influences and ruptures over the past five hundred years, questions like these are being asked urgently – by architects, artists, authors and scientists.
Excerpts from Curators note, for more info:
Born in 1978, Dadbeh Bassir studied at Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran, in field of photography. During his 5 years at university he was fortunate enough to study with some of the progressive professors and photographers, like Yahya Dehghanpour, and Bahman Jalali, who are among the most celebrated Iranian photographers in recent decades.
Since 2007 he has held the position of artistic director at Omran Falat Civil Eng Co, in charge of documenting and recording activities of this company in different parts of the country.
In 2009 his work was exhibited along many other famous photographers in an exhibition celebrating 165 Years of Photography in Iran, at Musée du Quai Branly – Paris, France.
Since 200 7 , he has been a member of “Institute for Promotion of Visual Arts” in Iran as well as “ Iran Authors, Journalists and Artists Support Credit Found”.
His works are held at different private collections and were recently added to permanent collection of LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum and were exhibited in Jan 2016 as part of the exhibition: Islamic Art Now, Part 2 at the Museum.
Dadbeh Bassir
Dadbeh Bassir, Untitled (Tehran series), Polyptych, Light Box, 2005–۲۰۱۴; © Dadbeh Bassir, courtesy of the artist, Aaran Gallery (Tehran) & La Caja Blanca (Palma de Mallorca)

The Iranian contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale looked at different moments (and buildings) during processes of modernisation in Iran in the last century, when a process of the recreation and reinterpretation of historical heritage was initiated. The photos and videos by Mehraneh Atashi and Dadbeh Bassir and the collages and installation by Mona Hakimi- Schüler explore traditional technologies, old legends and Persian poetry, looking at their significance in today’s social and political contexts and reflecting the transformation of traditional norms in a rapidly changing world. Both Iranian architecture and these artistic positions question seemingly binary categories of past and present, tradition and modernity, seeking to combine them and make them productive for the future.