The Great Game / Iranian Highlights

Iran - Biennale Arte 2015

Pavilion of Iran at the 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia.The Great Game / Iranian Highlights curated curated by  Marco Meneguzzo and Mazdak Faiznia. Organization FFF Faiznia Family Foundation – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The idea of this exhibition, The Great Game. Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central­ Asian Republics, Kurdish Region: art, artists and culture from the heart of the world, comes from the consideration that the geographical area of these countries is, in fact, a historically unique territory, its destiny indissolubly  linked by its historical and cultural situation: around these places there took place, and still takes place, what since the XIX century has been known as "The Great Game" for supremacy in Asia. A tangle of political, economic, religious, and social situations also finds an expression and interpretation in the art produced in these places, and it is this that the exhibition proposed for la Biennale Arte 2015 hopes to show through the work of some forty artists working in the region and who are particularly aware of social-­political questions. The section Iranian Highlights presents the work of four Iranian artists:  Samira Alikhanzadeh, Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar,   Jamshid   Bayrami  and  Mohamed   Ehsai,   from   different   generations,   genders,   and expressive tendencies and instruments, who in this case are brought together by their will to display the wealth and complexity of Iranian art, which by its very nature is cosmopolitan, receptive, and accommodating   as   well   as   aware   of   its   own   cultural   heritage.

Adel Abidin, I'm Sorry, 2008
light-box Installation, metal box, plexiglas,
LED lights and light bulbs
64.5 x 200 x 18 cm
edition 4/5 + 1 AP
Courtesy of the artist and Lawrie Shabibi

Parastoo Ahovan, History, 2012
installation, paper, metal & leather
44 x 27 x 12 cm
Courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery

Sara Rahbar, Irreversible Violence (War series), 2012
mixed media on vintage military bags
104 x 132 cm
Courtesy of Carbon 12 & Salsali private museum

Reza Aramesh, Action 141: Not What Was Meant, 2014
16mm film transferred to HD video,
wall projection and surround sound
variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artist, Leila Heller Gallery
and Ab-anbar

Ghasem Hajizadeh, Untitled, 1983
mixed media on paper laid on canvas, 86x102 cm
Courtesy of the Shahnaz Khonsary

Vahid Sharifian, How to Leave, 2015
digital print on metalic paper, 61 x 90 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Gupta,National Highway No 1,2005-2006
6' 28''en route
Srinagar to a Picnic in Gulmarg, Kashmir
interactive installation with touch screen
Courtesy Galleria Continua,San Gimignano/ Beijing/Les Moulins

Shadi Ghadirian, Nil, Nil #9
Digital Print
76 x 114 cm. (29,9 x 44,9 inches)
Edition of 10 Courtesy Officine dell'Immagine Milano

Sitara Ibrahimova, Frozen Conflict, 2013
video, 7' 15''
Courtesy of the artist

Newsha Tavakolian, Blank pages, 2014
Courtesy of the artist

Ghodratollah Agheli, Shirin, 2013
mixed media (iron & tv
video/electromechanical motion & mobile)
57 x 48 x 121 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Sonia Balassanian, 1555, 2009
video-art, 4’50”, loop

Mehrdad Mohebali, Early Infinity No. 3, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 197 x 297 cm
Courtesy of the Pejman Foundaition

Ahmad Morshedloo, Untitled, 2010
pen on cardboard, polyptych (5 panels)
120 x 450 cm overall
120 x 90 cm each panel
Courtesy of the Nadour Collection

Farokh Mahdavi, I Am out of You, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Sadegh Tirafkan, Iranian Man, 2000
digital print, 180 x 240 cm
Courtesy of Tirafkan Foundation

Lida Abdul, White House, 2005
16mm film transferred to dvd, 5’00’’
Courtesy of the artist and Giorgio Persano Gallery

Bani Abidi, Security Barriers A-L, 2008
inkjet prints, 28 x 44 cm (each)
Collection Shazad Ghaffar and Moni Mohsin

Walid Siti, Mosaic of Little World, 2015
barbed wire, nails & thread
300 x 300 x 5 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Wafaa Bilal, Canto III, 2015
bronze sculpture with gold finish
94 x 68.5 x 38 cm
Courtesy of Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Imran Qureshi, Opening Word of This New Scripture, 2015
acrylic paint and gold leaf on canvas
diptych, 198.1 x 121.9 cm (each)
Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Salzburg

Shahriar Ahmadi, On waiting, from the Ark of Salvation series, 2013
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
triptych, overall 240x380 cm
Courtesy of Etemad Gallery

Pouran Jinchi, Untitled 7 (Entropy series), 2010
ink and acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller
Gallery, New York/Dubai

Alireza Astaneh, Vatan (Homeland), 2011
relief on canvas with nails, 170 x 140 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Tirafkan Foundation

Nazgol Ansarinia, Article 49, Pillars, 2014
cast resin & paint, 40 x 40 x 20 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Aun Gallery

Parviz Tanavoli, Heech, 2014
bronze, 200 cm h, 1/6
Courtesy of Mr and Mrs Mobargha

Sahand Hesamiyan, Tavizeh, 2015
stainless steel, polyurethane glue, and
paint, 100 x 60 x 60 cm
Courtesy of the Peiman Foundation

Amin Aghaei, Children, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 150 x 170 cm
Courtesy of Aun Gallery

Rashid Rana, To Find Is to Search, 2013
c-print + Diasec
Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery

On the Road, the Silk Road, 2010-2011,hand-embroidery, silk, cotton,
sequins and needles on digital photography
printed on cotton canvas,110 x 145 cm
Courtesy artist, Rose Issa projects,Lawrie Shabibi

Mitra Tabrizian, Untitled, 2009
c-type photographic print, 106 x 307 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery

Azad Nanakeli, Awaz (Sound), 2015
video installation, 2 channel video and sound, 5’30”
Courtesy of the artist

Shamsia Hassani, Darulaman Palace, Dreaming Graffiti, 2012
acrylic paint on printed picture's walls

Atefeh Samaei, Mirror of Literacy, 2010
digital print, 90 x 90 cm
Meneguzzo Collection

Hema Upadhyay, Silent Shadow, 2015
old cabinet, handmade clay birds, iron wire, acrylic and watercolors
Cortesy Studio la Città, Verona

Babak Kazemi, 8 Year Old Persian Pickle, 2013
installation, The Blue Shelf: 173 x 90x 50 cm;
The White Shelf: 200 x 107 x 25 cm
Courtesy of the Privet Collection

Huma Mulji, Arabian Delight, 2008
rexine suitcase, taxidermy camel, metal
rods, cotton wool and fabric
105 x 144 x 155 cm
Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

T.V. Santhosh, Effigies of Turbulent Yesterdays, 2011-2013
fibreglass, steel and LED, screens
223.5 x 256.5 x 101.5 cm (approx)
edition of 2 + 1 AP
Courtesy of The Guild, Mumbai

Saira Wasim, Lines of Confrontation, 2010
gouache, gold leaf, ink and marbling on tea
stained wasli paper, 9’51”
Music: Chien- An Yuan.
Animation: Neayon Yang
Courtesy of the artist

Farideh Lashai, Dear, Dear How Queer Everything Is Today
(from Rabbit in Wonderland), 2010
painting with projected animation and
sound, 200 x 100 cm
Courtesy of the Leila Heller Gallery

Mehdi Farhadian, Day Off, 2010
acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
Courtesy of Maryam Eisler Collection

Riyas Komu, Fragrance of a Funeral, 2010
recycled wood, automotive paint and archival
print on linen, 152 x 320 x 92 cm
Courtesy of Studio la Città, Verona

Mohsen Taasha Wahidi, In the Seventh Sky, 2012
watercolor and mixed media with clay on
vegetable paper, 61,5 x 32 cm
Courtesy Theca Gallery, Milan

Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar, Talk Cloud 92-11, 2013
iron, fluorescent light
180 x 56 x 22 cm
Courtesy of Etemad Gallery

Rashad Alakbarov, Try to Save, 2013,
metal, light, 120 x 100 x 100 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Yay Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

AN, 2014, resize, 230x162 cm,
Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Nader Mobargha Collection

The green earth, 1999, oil on canvas,
125x125 cm, courtesy of the Boom Gallery

Untitled,2009, Digital Print,
120x180cm ,Courtesy of the Artist

Untitled,2012, Digital Print,
120x180cm ,Courtesy of the Artist

No.8 from the Persian Carpet series, Ravar rug, 2013, digital print on Perspex,
acrylic paint and mirror fragments mounted on board,190x200cm.Courtesy Mohammad Abdolllahi Collect. (Ariana Art Gallery)

No.7 from the Persian Carpet series, Borchalu rug, 2011,digital print on Perspex, acrylic paint and mirror fragments mounted on board, diptych,162x218 cm, unique
courtesy of the artist & Assar Gallery

Talk Cloud 92-05, 2013, Rusted Iron,
Florescent Light, 199 x 85.5 x 25.5 cm,
courtesy of the Etemad Gallery

Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar, My Land-Meridian 60°-64°, Orbit 28°-32° A reference to Yasna, Hat 46,2004-2013, Papier-mâché, Laser cut iron, Metal frame, 8 panels each 100x83x5cm.Courtesy Akhavi Collection



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