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Elmira Mirmiran

Solo exhibition of Elmira Mirmiran

Opening on 12th January 2024
On view until 25th January 2024

I move away and come close
I watch from a distance, and I touch in proximity
Sometimes I accept, sometimes I hide, and sometimes I reveal
Each occurrence leaves a track, and I live in these tracks, then…
I begin from the beginning.
Elmira Mirmiran

For years, Elmira Mirmiran has been obsessively studying/reflecting texture in her prints and paintings. For her, texture is not a representation of things themselves or a part of them but a trace of them. Here, there is a wide range of objective and subjective issues.

In her prints, she is distant, and in her paintings, very close, but to what? Whatever is the fruit of life? And what is the fruit of life, if not Traces and footprints of pleasant or unpleasant events, colors, tastes, odors, and, in general, whatever life provides us with?

The prints are dense, spontaneous, and simultaneously intelligent and experimental, and together they project the layout of artists’ minds. The layers sit together and replace each other and continuously change the whole, and we, along with the artist, are viewers of these changes, from a height. Who said that it is not possible to observe oneself outside oneself?

In the paintings, we are in the middle, in the middle of the breathtaking density of layers, in the heart of joys, wounds, and becoming. Room by room, cell by cell, we remove the transparent and semi-transparent curtains and receive permission to closely taste the passion and pain of constant change in this Hidden Geography.

Farzaneh Mohammadi Khangheshlaqhi

End of Year Group Exhibition

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

Artists:
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

Group Exhibition

Opening on 8th July 2022
On view until 5th August 202

Fatemeh Bahman Siyahmard- Parisa Taghipour- Elmira Mirmiran- Maryam Farshad- Koosha Moossavi- Ebtehaj Ghanadzadeh- Noushin Jafari- Faezeh Baharlou. Siamak Nasr.

The exhibition aims to bring together a divergent set of works. Representing, but also upsetting, the relationship between the artists and their connection to reality. Spheres that contain paradoxes and manage to juxtapose the ideal with the unattainable.
Openings and closings.
Slices cut off from the real world and shaped by emotional needs: Somewhere Else.
Breaking away from the harsh realities is a Persian Tradition manifested in our literature and arts, even in our timeless tradition of humor. The tough realism of the everyday is compensated by stepping into another dimension, cherishing illusions that replace the real world.
Here are exaggerated floating spaces- a placeless place- yet in connection with the spaces that remain outside them. Within these spaces, we are alive, free of borders and restrictions, away from the mundane, and separated from the gloom that engulfs our land. Able to float in an archipelago of plurality, as we are supposed to.
Nazila Noebashari

Group Exhibition of Works with Paper and on Paper

Opening on 19th February 2021
On view until 2nd April 2021

Featured artists:
Farhad Ahrarnia- Koosha Moossavi- Shirin Mellatgohar- Arezoo Shahdadi- Farshid Davoodi- Shahrzad Araghinejad- Mehdi Farhadian- Farid Jafari Samarghandi- Navid Salajegheh- Fatemeh Bahman Siyahmard-
Safora Fadaie- Maryam Farshad- Elmira Mirmiran- Mani Ramhormoozi & a project by Fatemeh Fazael Ardakani

The works in the exhibition aim to show the universality and individuality of Iranian contemporary artists. The appeal of paper as the raw material that has attracted artists for centuries remains strong. The works that will be on view are a sample of the diversity of practices of Iranian artists today, that persist in their individuality and carve their own paths. It is an adventure worth following, one that is as old as written history.

  • The exhibition is the last of this year’s pandemic and a celebration in anticipation of a new year and a new century.
Solo Exhibition of Elmira Mirmiran

Opening on 24th January 2020
On view until 10th February 2020

Variation in layers and visibility of layering is evident in the works of Elmira Mirmiran. These layers are interwoven, and interrelated. What happens on one layer affects all the other layers and together they offer an insight into the probing mind of the artist. Organic shapes appear to be random cutouts of paper and fabric, however, this effortless final image is anything but accidental. All these many layers are made visible to offer some stability to the chaos that seems to be part of our everyday life.
Applying cyclic and linear paths and engulfing them within wooden glass structures, show that beneath this stream of thoughts and feelings the processing and reactive mind of the artist is at work. Artist receives, absorbs, and processes elements of the physical world, and next to her own responses and impulses, a rich gathering of elements takes shape. Reactions and reflexes that come together to offer wisdom and intellect emphasize the importance of what lies in the depth of life.
Tracing the strata of everyday life in a megapolis such as Tehran, the unstable and the irregular are diverted and channeled to create harmony and wisdom. Intuition, conscience, and the reflective aspects of artists’ consciousness are all part of the work.
The effortless gathering of elements in this set of works appears to emphasize connectedness. The origins of the works perhaps lie in the importance of looking for better things in life, striving, searching for what is important, and being better than we are.
Artist writes: I make a layer…An entity of its own. I make another layer visible…I create Another existence…And another layer next to them… to reveal…to hide…
I create so that I can move…

BOOK AS HOUSE
An exhibition of Artist Books curated by Foad Farahani

Mehdi Hosseini, Hossein Valamanesh, Saed Meshki, Saeed Ravanbakhsh, Milad Parvaz, Homa Delvaray, Sina Seifee, Foad Farahani, Maryam Farshad, Behzad Motebaheri and Elmira Mirmiran.

Opening on 26th August, until 12th September 2016.

Aaran Projects
No. 5, Lolagar st., Neauphle Le Chateau.
Tel +98 21 66702233
Working days, except Saturdays 1-7 PM and Fridays 4-8 PM.

Artist books are not meant to be read. They are often indecipherable objects, with uncommon language. Images are words and colors and textures replace narratives.
Contained within the form of a book, they allow for artistic freedom to govern and create an abstraction; different elements are combined to create a space, a house. They are hard to interpret and do not necessarily educate or inform the viewer.
This exhibition attempts to show the diversity in Artist Books created in recent years by Iranian artists of different generations and oeuvres.

For the catalogue of exhibition curator Foad Farahani writes:
Artists’ books are multi-dimensional,multi lingual and multi media, and are “magical spots”. A medium that in absences of phrases (weightlessness) is materialized in a temporal chain. Here what is meant by book, is a place not only to deliberate in but to reside in; substantiated in the form of language, in the delay of utterance, in the intended timing and spacing (of the page) or in a temporal-spatial continuum.
Artist books are personalized element of a structure. Book is a structure, a “House” perhaps. Opening or not, entering, pausing, rooms…spaces…pages, forward, backward and to leap from one to another; thus spaces are reordered.