Largo das Artes is pleased to invite everyone to the opening of the exhibition which marks the end of our "Iran_Rio Art Connection" and will take place on Thursday, 25th September, at 7pm.
The heterogeneous universe of artists that make up this exhibition illustrates the diversity of references to inform the current artistic practice in Iran.
The contemporary scenario of the country seems built like a patchwork quilt that juxtaposes nostalgia for the past to a seemingly insurmountable present, in which contemporary art and the connections with the West function as an escape to a reality permeated by war and violence on various levels.
In this context, Shadi Ghadirian exhibits a series of photographs that, on the one hand harks back to the Flemish still life, whilst juxtaposing images of current fashion magazines. She combines objects of consumerism with an arsenal of contemporary media imagery. Amin Aghaei, conceptually explores in painting, video and photography the split, dull and chaotic experiences of those who live in a warzone. Ali Zanjani, from archival images of 16mm film, combines references to Iranian women of yesterday and today in the “Pregnancy/Static series”. He reapropriates images that capture feminine beauty in the contrast to the image of the veiled woman steriotypes of the Middle East and the exposure of female attributes in the West; Farnaz Jahanbin makes use of banners, reproducing iconic images of ancient and modern history of Iran, which she uses as a background to graphic interventions in painting with traditional calligraphy of her country. Her work paradoxically has a resemblance to the street art produced in the West.
During the opening of the exhibition, there will be a brief concert of traditional Persian music with the participation of the artist Farnaz Jahanbin and pianist Tomas Gonzaga. The exhibition continues until 31st October at Largo das Artes and the admission is free. (Visiting times: Monday to Friday, from 11 to 6pm).
The "Iran_Rio Art Connection" project is an initiative of Largo das Artes sponsored by the Dutch institution Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.
Exhibition continues until 31st October
Visiting times: Monday to Friday, from 11 to 6 pm.
To learn more about the artists and the “Iran_Rio Art Connection” project, click here.