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Amir Hossein Shahnazi

Group Exhibition


Solo Exhibition of Amir Hossein Shahnazi

Opening on 19th May 2023
On View until 2nd June 2023

Ideas, theories, and various discourses are explained, dissected, and documented through texts/written words. In terms of structure, each text is made up of sentences, which are separated by dots.
As dots indicate the end of a sentence or text, they can also be a precursor to the beginning of another sentence or text, depending on that idea or theory; new ideas and theories, which are influenced by previous notions, are formed through complex and intertwined processes and make up the structure of what is to come.

Texts used for these works:


  • One Word, Essay written by Yousef Khan Mostashar al-Dowleh, 1868
  • The critic of the essay Mirza Fath-Ali Akhundzadeh
  • The Iranian Constitution of 1906
  • Draft of Constitution of I.R.I, 1979
  • Constitution of I.R.I, after reconsideration 1989

Aaran Projects
Neauphle Le Chateau, Lolagar St. No 5
Tel +98 21 66702233
For Opening day: 4-8
And every day visiting hours, between 1-6 pm, except Saturdays and Sundays

End of Year Group Exhibition

Opening on 24th February 2023
On View until 17th March 2023

Farhad Ahrarnia, Shaqayeq Ahmadian, Sara Assareh, Samira Eskandarfar, Mohamad Eskandari, Ebrahim Eskandari, Reihaneh Afzalian, Sanahin Babajanians, Fatemeh Bahman Siyahmard, Dadbeh Bassir,Parisa Taghipour, Sara Tavana, Manijeh Hejazi, Parisa Hejazi, Sara Hosseini, Zari Hosseini, Hamid Hemayatian, Anahita Darabbeigi, Nasim Davari, Raoof Dashti, Navid Salajegheh, Sara Soleimani Qashqayi,Amir Hossein Shahnazi, Hamed Sahihi, Nastaran Safaei, Bahar Samadi, Kiarang Alaei, Maryam Farzadian, Mayram Farshad, Mehdi Farhadian, Naghmeh Ghassemlou, Amirali Ghasemi, Narges Mohamadian, Shirin Mellatgohar,Koosha Moossavi, Parsoua Mahtash, Elmira Mirmiran, Allahyar Najafi, Siamak Nasr, Nazgol Nayeri, Leila Nouraei, Mohammad Hamzeh, Marjan Hoshiar.

Don’t be sad, my land!
I have planted flower seeds in your wounds
One day there will be flower everywhere…
Alireza Roushan

For Women, For Life, For Freedom

It is through artistic creations that Iran reveals her true self and this many believe constitutes her most precious legacy. The Persian legacy has endured many turbulences of history. No historical shock has been able to break the chain. There were interruptions, yet they always permitted even provoked a resumption of creativity; ideas, styles, techniques forcefully imposed, were accepted and integrated in to our existing practice. The Iranian spirit is a tenacious one, we can endure extremes and at the same time our thousands of years of history teaches us to remain optimistic and persistent.
Throughout the last forty-four years of our perpetual revolution, the visual artists have had to carve their independence; in the first years the universities were purged through the so-called Cultural Revolution and artists and professors had to look for other jobs or start private classes. Many left the country. Although it was a difficult struggle, but they succeeded in achieving autonomy from a Regime that controls the distribution of our national wealth and would never support progressive arts. This resilient attitude which is now adapted by the younger generations, was very important in the recent difficult times where despite pressures and the fears, the visual arts has stood its ground and has been an outspoken and integral part of the structure of our brave civil society.
Our artists continue to consciously challenge the status quo and the peripheral environment as well as themselves. They insist on their sense of independence and persist in their capabilities like all other modern human beings. They help preserve a Persian legacy, enriching our lives and inspiring us as a nation to become better than we are. It is this perseverance and humility that is the source of the merit of Iranian arts and its limitless potential.
We are constantly reminded of our legendry bird: The Phoenix who is believed to possess the knowledge of all times, from ashes she rises to create wonderment, she plunges in to flames to be purified , to rise again, every time stronger, every time mightier.
Nazila Noebashari

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Address: Neauphle Le Chateau, Lolagar St. No 5.
Tel: +98 21 66702233
We are open Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-6 pm.
For opening day and Fridays: 4-8 pm

Curated by Akram Ahmadi Tavana

Opening on 24th July 2020
On view until 10th August 2020

Featuring Artists:
Hossein Valamanesh- Arita Shahrzad- Nico Vascellari- Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar- Zarvan Rouhbakhshan- Mahdiyeh Pazouki-Allahyar Najafi- Anahita Razmi-Navid Salajegheh- Amir Hossein Shahnazi- Iman Safaei- Mahoor Toosi

It is not a wonder that artists who have inherited the traditions of intertwining text and image (particularly in reference to Persian Illustrated Manuscript art) should use words to create art. Nowadays, new contexts are added, whereby implications and associations are transformed with no changes in the meaning and shape of words and only by relocating and altering the context. Now words are moved and repositioned, not only in books and inscriptions but in every surface and space that can be seized. Words slide from one context to the next, and in this movement, both the pitch of the slide and the subject are important. But in every new encounter, there is more microscopic attention to meaning, and texts are read word by word. In the labyrinth of contexts and all languages, any disruption and multiplied references to add to the complexity of meaning. Of course, in a language as formal and as courtesies as Farsi, ambiguity can sometimes be received as literal meaning and sometimes as a complex and deceptive metaphor. Quoting a notable phrase can now be a critique of dominant powers. The most ordinary words can reference a trend, and the most common words can become personal manifestos. Any intimate word can become the voice of the public’s demands, and any suggestion can be perceived as an insult and any ridicule a political and social action. In this way, even elimination and absence of meaning can be considered meaningful, and the fieriest texts castrated stammer.

Akram Ahmadi Tavana