The exhibition Copy / Paste intends to review the phenomenon of reproduction, replication and transcription in art. Although it is familiar it is still not well researched and the phenomenon is defined differently around the world. As far as it has to do with the Middle East, Copy / Paste, like a mirage, lacks a tangible cultural truth and is not translated completely or pragmatically. On the other hand, deliberation into the phenomenon of copying or duplication has been deeply discussed in European art circles in the context of the concept of ‘aura’. Also, from what we read into Islamic art, traditionalists believe duplication is a process in the transcribing of text. It plays a powerful role and has an artistic and philosophic character reflecting the world views of each school of thought.
Copy/Paste is a cultural and artistic attempt to introduce a collection of art meeting current world standards to the local Iranian art scene. Shahram Entekhabi, active artist and curator in both Europe and Iran, has created this project and brought it to fruition. All of the participating artists live in Berlin, and without exception are active on a global scope. Emphasis on artists living in Berlin, is not only because Entekhabi himself lives in Berlin, but that contemporary Berlin is a hub for international artists.
Included are representatives of the national pavilion at the Venice Biennale; Candice Breitz (2005 and 2017), Egill Saerbjornson (2017), Vadim Zakharov (2013), Monica Bonvicini (1999, 2001, 2005, ،۲۰۱۱, ۲۰۱۵), Christin Lahr (2015), Christian Jankowski (1999, 2013) and Anatoly Shuravlev(2009). Egill Sæbjörnsson has been selected to represent Iceland at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale in 2017 and Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng will present a major, two-person exhibition in the South African Pavilion, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017 in Venice, Italy. Candice Breitz, Birgit Brenner, Mathilde ter Heijne, Christian Jankowski, Christin Lahr and Karin Sander are professors in European universities and academies. Christian Jankowski was the curator of the “Manifesta 10” in Zurich. Helmut and Johanna Kandl, He Xiangyu, Karin Sander and Kai Schiemenz have all had art work and/or projects in international biennales and major museum around the world.