Meet Shadi Ghadirian, iranian artist specially invited to take part in Largo das Artes “Iran_Rio Art Connection” project

Shadi Ghadirian is a leading Iranian photographer whose work has been shown at major museums throughout the world including at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has also been exhibited in various galleries throughout Europe and Asia.

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Her work is a dialogue on being a Muslim woman in Iran but her themes resonate throughout the world. In her first collection “The Qajar Series”, Ghadirian photographed women dressed in traditional Qajar clothes but juxtaposed them with modern objects like a stereo or a coke can to highlight Iranian women’s role in a society where they tread carefully between the modern and the traditional elements of society.

Her second series “Like Every Day”, which she made after getting married, is a comment on the mundane routine that many women are consigned to and by which some are defined.

These works confirm Shadi’s concern to highlight the role of Iranian women in a conflict society, marked by censorship and religious fundamentalism. To learn more about Shadi and her work, visit: http://shadighadirian.com/

Largo das Artes “Iran_Rio Art Connection” has the support of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. In September, four talented young Iranian artists will be in Rio for an art residency, which will allow them space to create and explore their work in a new cultural context and give them exposure to the Rio art scene. In turn they will showcase contemporary Iranian Art in Brazil. 

Largo das Artes will hold various events to promote cross-cultural dialogue and promote networking between artists in the Middle East and Brazil. A special talk with Shadi Ghadirian and the general public is scheduled to happen. Shadi’s presence in Brazil has been made possible thanks to the special support of Rose Issa Projects. More information soon!

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Meet the artist Amin Aghaei, another participant of Largo das Artes “Iran_Rio Art Connection” Project

Amir Aghaei was born in 1982 to parents displaced by the Iran-Iraq War. He spent his childhood homeless traveling with his family around Iran. His peripatetic lifestyle made him turn to drawing as an escape from the despair of homelessness. Eventually when his parents settled he focused more on his art to help him distance himself from his childhood on the road. Due to the political repression in Iran he began to draw cartoons and this soon seeped into his paintings, and so his work maintains some critical humour. His medians are painting, sculpture and video. His work takes on a magical realism on themes unique to Iran, which made him a popular choice among the panel selecting the artists.

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Iran_Rio Art Connection will start in September bringing four Iranian artists for a special art residence in Rio de Janeiro. Conceived by Largo das Artes, with the support of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, this project will also promote several public events that will take place simultaneously with the period of residence in order to enhance the inter-cultural dialogue between artists from the Middle East and Brazil.

Visit http://aminaghaei.com/ to learn more about the work of Amin Aghaei. And stay tuned on this blog for the last post on the participants of Iran_Rio Art Connection project. We would like to acknowledge Azadeh Vafardari and Amirpasha Shafaei, who helped to make possible the presence of Amin in Brazil. Our big thanks to them!

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Artists Helen Turton (UK) and Maria Sabato (ARG) are participating in Largo das Artes International Residency Programme. Next week they will open their studios to the public to share their process and also their work produced during this month. More information coming soon!

MEET ALI ZANJANI, IRANIAN ARTIST SELECTED FOR LARGO DAS ARTES “IRAN_RIO ART CONNECTION” PROJECT

Ali Zanjani is a photographer who depicts Iran’s social and cultural heritage within the framework of the changing political landscape over the past 35 years. His photos include a series on wrestlers, Iran’s national sport. The series captures still images from a wrestling instruction video, adding humour to the sport. He also created a series of images based on lost photographs of a pre-Iranian revolution women’s basketball team. For someone born after the 1979 revolution, these images of women in sports not clad in hijab are unique and they are strictly forbidden in Iran’s political climate.

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He has been working with Dubai’s Salsali Private Museum since 2011 as well as being a selected photographer at Tehran Contemporary Museum of  Art and the Beirut Art Fair in 2012. Zandjani continues to work on numerous projects, including 'Live Moment of Wrestling', 'Life Is Too Short', 'Show Off' and 'Just Between Us'. He is based between Dubai and Tehran.

Largo das Artes “Iran-Rio Art Connection” project has the support of Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. In September, four talented young Iranian artists will be in Rio for an art residency, which will allow them space to create and explore their work in a new cultural context and give them exposure to the Rio art scene. In turn they will showcase contemporary Iranian Art in Brazil. 

Largo das Artes will hold various events to promote cross-cultural dialogue and promote networking between artists in the Middle East and Brazil. Stay tuned on this blog for more updates!

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MEET FARNAZ JAHANBIN, IRANIAN ARTIST SELECTED FOR LARGO DAS ARTES “IRAN_RIO ART CONNECTION” PROJECT

Coming soon in September Largo das Artes “Iran_Rio Art Connection” project, supported by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Four talented young Iranian artists will be in Rio for an art residency, which will allow them space to create and explore their work in a new cultural context and give them exposure to the Rio art scene. In turn they will showcase contemporary Iranian Art in Brazil. We are starting a series of posts on the selected artists and here is the first one:

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Farnaz Jahanbin is an internationally recognised artist using Persian and Arabic script to create modern interpretations of the ancient art of calligraphy. Her paintings use abstract form as well as more traditional interpretations of script.

Jahanbin is also a Classical Persian singer. As a woman she is not allowed to perform in front of a mix public in Iran. She will however be performing in Rio de Janeiro as part of the residency. Check out her work here.

The other three artists are: Amin AghaeiShadi Ghadirian and Ali Zanjani. The two young and up and coming artists, Amin Aghaei and Ali Zanjani, were selected by a panel of Brazilian curators and artists. The panel was: Bernardo José de Souza (curator)Daniela Labra (art critic and curator)Ernesto Neto (artist)Marta Mestre (curator of MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro) and Miguel Sayad (co-director of Largo das Artes)

Largo das Artes will hold various events to promote cross-cultural dialogue and promote networking between artists in the Middle East and Brazil. More information to be posted soon!

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"STONE SOUP" WILL BE SERVED NEXT TUESDAY (19.08) AT 7 PM

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Parallel to the exhibition "to see what is coming", Largo das Artes presents the action "Sopa de Pedra" ("Stone Soup"), conceived by Brazilian artist Matheus Rocha Pitta, which will be held next Tuesday (19), at 7 pm behind IFCS (Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences UFRJ), at Largo São Francisco - in the historical city center of Rio de Janeiro.

There are many versions of the old “Stone Soup” folk story . Common to all is the theme of the foreigner (in some versions a monk, in others a soldier) who arrives hungry in a city whose inhabitants deny his request for food. The stranger sits on the main square, lights a fire, fills his pot with water and throw some stones there. A curious resident approaches and asks him what he’s doing. “A stone soup, hmmm, is great, but with a few potatoes would be even better,” replied the stranger. The curious residents come back with some potatoes, which go straight to the pot. Another inhabitant makes him the same question, in which the “alien” replies that the soup has not yet achieved all its power - so the soup gets more ingredients as the attention of the inhabitants increases. When the soup is ready, all stones are removed and everybody takes the soup together. The stones here are a sign of hunger but also a sign of sharing: as hunger is common to all, to share the soup is also a sharing of hunger.

"Sopa de Pedra" ("Stone Soup") is part of the exhibition "to see what is coming", which is being shown at Largo das Artes until September, 13. The exhibition is curated by Bernardo José de Souza and Michelle Sommer and also brings the works of the artists: Audrey Cottin, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, David Cronenberg, Eadweard Muybridge, Fancy Violence, Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima, Gustavo Ferro, Harun Farocki, Laura Lima, Le Corbusier, Luis Roque, Neil Beloufa Cloud - Art and Technology Rural Station / Cinthia Mendonça and Vianna, Pablo Ferretti and Rodolpho Parigi.

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 was conceived as part of the investigation of the notions of post-humanismplastic destruction and second nature, flirting with science fiction to explore art through our relationship with the future, either by incorporating the past or debating the present. The exhibitioncontinues at Largo das Artes, from Tuesday to Friday (10 to 6 pm) and on Saturdays (10 to 5 pm). Learn more here.

"Sopa de Pedra" ("Stone Soup"), by Matheus Rocha Pitta
When: August , 19 at 7 pm
Where: Largo São Francisco, behind IFCS (Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences UFRJ) and opposite Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, in the historical city centre of Rio de Janeiro.

FREE SCREENING OF LUIZ ROQUE’S “WHITE YEAR” + DEBATE THIS THURSDAY AT LARGO DAS ARTES

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Parallel events and activities of the exhibition "to see what is coming"  will begin this Thursday (14), with the screening of the video "White Year" by Brazilian artist Luiz Roque. Following the screening, there will be a debate mediated by curators Bernardo José de Souza and Michelle Sommer with the participation of the artist, via Skype.

"White Year" (7 min, 2013) is a work of science fiction created by Luiz Roque especially for the "Máquinas da Imaginação" program of the 9th Mercosur Biennial. The film is also the result of a research conducted by the artist as part of the  PROTIG - UFRGS Program (Gender Identity Disorder UFRGS) and the Centre for Mechatronics Engineering - PUCRS, inspired by the ideas of the queer philosopher Beatriz Preciado.

The exhibition "to see what is coming" was conceived as part of the investigation of the notions of post-humanism, plastic destruction and second nature, flirting with science fiction to explore art through our relationship with the future, either by incorporating the past or debating the present.

"to see what is coming" continues at Largo das Artes, from Tuesday to Friday (10 to 6 pm) and on Saturdays (10 to 5 pm). Admission is free. Learn more here.

"White Year" (7`, 2013), by Luiz Roque + debate with artist and curators
When: August 14, at 7 pm
Where: Largo das Artes - Rua Luis de Camões, 2 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro.
Free entrance

CALL FOR ARTISTS ENDS NEXT WEEK!

Largo das Artes is accepting submissions from artists who want to take part in our International Art Residency Programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the first half of 2015. Deadline ends next week (18th) so hurry up! Check this link to learn more and see how to apply.

WELCOME MARIA SABATO, LARGO DAS ARTES NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Maria Sabato is an Argentinian photographer who lives and works in Buenos Aires. Her photos have a documentary style and they can be sometimes experimental, sometimes self-referential, since the result comes from her experiences, from what she sees and thinks, like reproductions of her imagination, in which reality and fiction merge. According to Maria, contemporary art is determined by what cinema and media constantly and rapidly show, so it is easy to mix up fiction with reality.

The narrative of her photos deals with common human issues: the difficulty of establishing and maintaining relationships, loneliness, the value of intimacy and a critique of modern habits such as tourism, an activity that man has created to combat boredom.

For her residence, Maria plans to investigate the relationship between consumption and human perception based on the following elements: color, light, sound and space. This placed, a question arises: how these four elements are placed at the service of consumption? For the artist, our perception has been over estimulated in order to promote consumption practices less rational, standardized in the “pursuit of pleasure” at any cost. According to Maria, there is the misconception that the consumer establishes a benefit that is actually guided to hide a certain emptiness in modern life.

WELCOME HELEN TURTON, LARGO DAS ARTES NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

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Helen Turton lives and works in Northampton, UK. She graduated in music and visual arts with specialization in sculpture and performance. Her practice includes printmaking, photography, drawing and sound art. She also plays cello in a contemporary folk music band  and teaches art, music and photography in several schools in the area of Northampton.

Helen’s work is concerned with the use of time; it is time-bound and process-led. She examines how time is perceived by the activities that we do and how as an artist she can attempt to visualise it or render the experience in sound. One way that she explores time is through process-led drawing. Her practice is in part a search for “the optimal experience of flow” as outlined by psychologist Csikszentmihalyi (1991) where the “doer” is so fully absorbed in a skills-balanced activity that time disappears and work becomes satisfying. Helen abandons the responsibility of objective and figurative subject matter and instead draws consecutive abstract lines, thousands of them. Each line is a rehearsal for the next or as a reaction to the last. When successful, time disappears as a sea of inky optically imagined waves materialises.

What Helen specifically wants to explore in this opportunity to visit Rio de Janiero is how preconceived ideas can change with the real experience of being in an unfamiliar place. She imagines Rio at its ‘best’ to be vibrant, colourful, and dramatic. She also has a stereotypical image of what the city and country is like. It is this preconceived ‘unreality’ of a foreign place that she is really keen to explore and record. She wants to exploit being a tourist, and really sees and experiences a foreign and potentially overwhelming place with fresh eyes, through observing and drawing, soaking it up visually and aurally.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.helenturton.com/