Iranian Art in Stuttgart – Iran X Cuba in New York
Apr. 28, 2016



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
www.ifa.de

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: http://www.ifa.de/en/visual-arts/ifa-galleries/exhibitions/giving-yesterday- a-tomorrow.html

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 2007, 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.

http://www.ifa.de/en/visual-arts/ifa- galleries/exhibitions/giving-yesterday-a-tomorrow.html


Tehran Series, installation shot at Aaran Gallery



IRAN X CUBA: Beyond the Headline
Exhibition organized by Roya Khajavi Projects
At Rogue Space Chelsea
508 West 26 th Street New York, NY 10001

Artists of Gallery present in the exhibition: Sasan Abri, Kamyar Kafaie, Amir Nasr Kamgooyan, Allahyar Najafi, Behrang Samadzadegan, Myriam Quiel Tami, and Hoda Zarbaf.


Allahyar Najafi – Holly Cow, Oil on lenticular found pages

For the first time in the United States, this group exhibition celebrates the diverse works of emerging Iranian and Cuban artists in one place. Forgoing the jargon of headline news, this exhibit reintroduces the often-overlooked dimensions of people, culture, and the artistic vibrancy of Cuba and Iran.

With the recent thaw of relations between the United States and its two former adversaries, and with the renewed interest in the discovery of, and travel to both countries, IRAN X CUBA: Beyond the Headline is without question timely and unique.

Iran and Cuba share little in common. Their geographic location, history, language, and religion bare no similarities. However, the one defining event that unites them is the experience of a major revolution in the 20 th century, leaving both countries isolated and economically challenged. The Cuban revolution erased religion by force for it had no place in the communist ideology, while the Islamic revolution in Iran enforced it as the main manifest and an umbrella under which all changes in the country were justified.
Excerpts from Catalogue by Roya Khajavi.

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