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Haftsamar Gallery July 2012 London Calling Tehran John Phillips Liz O Sullivan 02
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London Calling Tehran was an answer to an invitation following conversations and discussions with John Phillips and Liz O’Sullivan in April 2012.  The featured collection is part of “Calling Project” which is an exchange of two portfolio/collections of artworks.  The London Portfolio exhibiting in Tehran is a collection of donated works from British artists and the Tehran portfolio will be a collection of works from Iranian artists as a gift from us to them.

This project formed in a London-based Lebanese cafe, close to londonprintstudio with Liz and John, speaking about everything in the world.  A key part of the conversation centred on the intrigue and excellence of British and Iranian artists and the recurring focus and regret of how the media -- dependent and independent --  always seem to report two “one-sided views” of how artists approach and develop their work in response to their cultures and lives. 

Therefore, “Calling Project” takes a group of artists from each nation, discrete from any orientations, and asks them to talk about their capital city as a representation of dominant culture, politics and other social aspects.  

The title of this exhibition was offered by John Phillips and borrowed from The Clash’s famous anthem, London Calling.  It was the perfect match.  

We hope this project opens some new windows to the intellectual communication of these two incredibly unique cultures.

With our deepest appreciation to the curators of the first portfolio – London calling: Tehran - John Phillips and Liz O’Sullivan, londonprintstudio and all participant artists who took part in this project.

Tarlan Rafiee, Yashar Samimi Mofakham, July 2012

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This portfolio is a response to Tarlan Rafiee and Yashar Samimi Mofakham’s invitation to londonprintstudio to prepare a small exhibition for 7Samar gallery, Tehran. It is frequently said that one picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, in many ways, words and images have no equivalence, and the one can never substitute for the other. Words and images do however share one feature, they both depend on two or more parties sharing a common set of codes and references, and they are therefore both subject to the same dilemma: the presentation of things new, and unknown, is dependant on something already acknowledged and shared. Thus in presenting aspects of London through this portfolio, we hope to draw on the common experience of people in our different cities,

The portfolio’s title: London Calling: Tehran alludes to a song (and album) by the West London Punk Rock band the Clash. The title on the album’s cover is distinctively written in the colours pink and green. These colours were used by Strummer to make the poster, included in the Portfolio, at our studio for the local rock band ‘the 101’s, in which he sang before becoming a superstar, It is, like the portfolio itself, an authentic ‘voice’ from the street.

Each of the images in the portfolio seeks to reveal something particular about our city; its arterial routes; architectural and human breath; the reasons why people seek refuge here; the opulence, power and aspiration; the inequalities and conflicts, the faces of beauty in a population that speaks 300 languages, and our tame ‘wild animals’ that hunt junk food.  We hope that collectively these images say more than their 'seventeen thousand word equivalence’.   

John Phillips, Liz O’Sulivan, 2012

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