Contemporary Iranian Art (Part 1)
Mana Contemporary gallery
Title: In Between
Part one of a two-part exhibition series of contemporary Iranian art
Curated by Shahram Karimi
April 30 – August 26, 2017
۵th Floor Gallery
Artists in the exhibition include David Abir, Afruz Amighi, Shoja Azari, Reza Derakshani, Fereidoun Ghaffari, Hadi Hazavei, Sarah Issakharian, Y.Z. Kami, Tala Madani, Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, Raha Raissnia, Farshid Shafiey, and Manoucher Yektai.
Over a two-part series of exhibitions, the first show, In Between, includes works by established Iranian artists living in the U.S. who reflect on their host culture. When it comes to art, individuality rises above nationality. The show aims to stimulate conversation, inspire creativity, and foster understanding of contemporary art in the context of today’s society between the two countries.
This selection includes work where each artist’s personal approach is evident—where the work illuminates clues to the artist’s essence. While varied in form and content, both the ideas of authenticity and unique gestures unite the works. Each artist renders an exceptional sense of spontaneity, freedom, and resolve, which suggest the character of the maker—exploring issues of culture and society within larger historical and contemporary contexts.
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