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Aaran Art Gallery Siamak Filizadeh Underground 2014 May 06

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آندرگراند

نمایشگاه انفرادی سیامک فیلی زاده 

من بر شما جور دیگری حکومت خواهم کرد، اگر زنده بمانم 

منتسب به ناصرالدين شاه قاجار هنگام مرگ بعد از ترور

شهر بزرگى در اعماق تاريك زمين، آرام نفس ميكشد. شهرى سالخورده، به قدمت تاريخ استبداد بشر. 

ديوار بلندى شهر را در آغوش گرفته است. دیواری بزك شده با نقش عشق به فرمان پادشاه

پادشاهى كه هر پنجاه سال يك بار، در يك روز و ساعت معين هدف گلوله قرار مى گيرد و جان مى دهد. مراسم تشييع جنازه هربار باشكوه تر از پيش برگزار مى شود و بناى آرامگاه تخريب شده هربار بزرگتر. 

روز بعد پادشاه از گور برمى خيزد، به كاخ مى رود و حكومتش بى هيچ تغييرى از نو تكرار مى شود. مى گويند با فرشته مرگ معامله كرده است و عده اى بر اين عقيده، كه مردمان شهر در دل خود نام او را صدا مى زنند و از خداوند مى خواهند پادشاه را به آنان بازگرداند.

تاريخ اين شهر يك بار براى هميشه نوشته شده است، سيري به مانند يك دايره دارد كه نقطه شروع و پايان آن يكى است. 

نام اين شهر "آندرگراند" است.

Under Ground

Solo exhibition of Siamak Filizadeh

I will rule you in a different manner, if I stay alive…

Attributed to Nāṣer-al-Dīn Shah  at the hour of his death

A vast city that slowly breaths in the dark depths of the earth. An ancient city, as old as the history of Human despotism. A high wall embraces the city. A wall that according to orders of The King, is decorated with patterns of love. 

The King that every fifty years, at an exact date and hour is assassinated. The funeral ceremony that is held is more elaborate every time with the crumbling Tomb built even larger.  

The next day The King rises from his tomb and goes to the palace, and his dominion is repeated with no alteration.

It is said that The King has made a pact with the angel of death, and there are others that believe that the citizens of the city are recalling his name in their hearts and ask God to return him to them.

The History of this city has been written once and for eternity, it has a circular motion , where the beginning is the end. 

The Name of This City is “Under Ground”.

نمایشگاه آثار " سیامک فیلی زاده " با عنوان " آندرگراند " اردیبهشت 1393 گالری آران

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This panorama was taken in Tehran

This is an overview of Tehran

Overview and History

Tehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.

Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.

But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.

In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.

The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.

The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."

Getting There

Mehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.

Transportation

Tehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.

The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.

Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.

People and Culture

More than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.

Things to do, Recommendations

Take the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.

If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.

Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

Tehran is also full of museums such as:

the Contemporary Art Museum

the Abghine Musuem (glass works)

the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museum

the museum of carpets (!!!)

Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniatures

and most stunning of all,

the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.

Text by Steve Smith.

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