Shirin Art Gallery Nov 2013 Farshid Larimian 01
„Farshido Larimian’s manner to work has a lot to do with seeing, watching, perceiving, finding and feeling. He goes to flea markets and discovers and finds things that human beings gave away, that got lost, that probably were important to somebody, that contain stories, time and places. Farshido locates these old objects in his new large-format drawings and installations. He charges them with new meanings and contemporary questions. Playfully he slips for instance old mirrors into the hand of his very delicate drawned portraits of women or he pieces cloth, wallpapers and dolls together to new installations, that on the one hand can irritate and on the other hand can tempt. He shows the reverse side of old yellowed cardboards by directing the attention to that that blocked our gaze for decades. The other side, in a subtle and aesthetic way Farshido is capable of drawing a bow between the past and the present.“ says Veronika Dirnhofer
-- Artist Statement
„ I believe in the saying, that the best ideas will come on the right time, with the right material and match up in a perfect outcome. I do not believe in tying oneself as an artist to one specific art style or material. For me, concept and material follow inspiration and idea, not the other way around.
To come to this ‘perfect outcome’, I use fine techniques and patience. Patience for finding the right materials and collecting objects that are special or useful with wondering around flea markets and gathering knick-knacks of the past to make a use of them later on. However, up until there is no specific idea in mind I put them aside. Then…I opt for a collage, Monochrome drawing, Classical oil painting or whatever my favorite medium that suits the idea best. An artist, through his creative process, matches and brings together seemingly unrelated things and when he is done, the final product is a harmonious piece that seems as if the materials always belonged together(a.i.th.a.b.t.)
My inspiration comes from daily life and all the surprises that it brings along. On a personal note, I also like surprises…that’s why I like to keep surprising myself and others with my artworks.“
-- Bio. & CV
Farshid Larimian ( FARSHIDO )
Born in Nov.1983 in Babol / Iran
Lives and works since 2007 in Vienna / Austria
-- Education: Currently studying in the Master study of Fine arts - Academy of Fine arts Vienna With ( O. Univ. Prof. Gunter Damisch ) 2010 Graduated with bachelor's degree in Fine arts Academy of fine arts Vienna 2007 Graduated with bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (Petroleum Industries Processes Design), Tehran/ Iran -- Selected Exhibitions: - |Present Perfect Continuous| Road-works Vienna / Austria 2013 -Vienna Art fair with Carbon12 Dubai / Austria 2012 -Baroque Castle Mistelbach / Austria 2012 - Fellner Wratzfeld & P , Vienna / Austria 2012 -9th Naoussa International Film Festival/Greece 2012 - Participant at the Strategic project in III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art «Qui Vive?»- MOMA MOSCOW 2012 -Without Border2 / Isfahan/Contemporary Museum of Art / Iran 2012 " SHOW OFF!”, SPM- Salsali Private Museum , Dubai / UAE 2011 "Hinterland meets Iran ", Vienna art week / Austria 2011 “Devision by Zero”, Carbon12, Dubai / UAE 2011 "For whom the Bell Tolls", City Museum St. Pölten / Austria 2011 “Her Eternal Presence”, Academy of fine arts, Vienna / Austria 2011 "The lady's mole" film show, Diletto's art salon, Vienna / Austria 2011 Lithography (Stone Print) Exhibition, Artist House Munich / Germany 2010 “WOMAN”, I.L.V Amsterdam / the Netherlands 2010 “GREENWHITERED”, Spittelberg Theater, Vienna/Austria 2010 Akzent Theater Vienna / Austria 2009 Concert House Vienna / Austria 2009 Odeon Theater Vienna / Austria 2009 -- Awards:
Selected designer and producer for the Award of "Viennese diversity 2013 " Selected artist for the Strategic project in III Moscow International for Young Art 2012 Participant and screened experimental film at the 9th Naoussa International Film Festival. 2012 / Greece Was nominated as one of the selected artists for the online Gallery at IEEA International Emerging Artist Award 2013 Was nominated as one of the Finalists of the ‘Schiller Public art Competition’ 2013 / Austria 2d Winner of Mistelbach Marionette Competition 2012 / Austria Selected at Yassavoli Painting Contest for Art Book of the year of Iranian Contemporary artists 2011-2012/ IRAN Selected at Yassavoli Photography Contest for Art Book of the year of Iranian Contemporary artists 2011-2012 / IRAN 3rd Annual e-Festival of Prize | Persbook | 2012 / IRAN 2nd Annual e-Festival of Prize | Persbook| 2012 / IRAN /Exhibited at Museum of Contemporary art Isfahan / IRAN -- SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Portrait of Farshido by ORF 2 - main TV Channel Austria , September 2012 Interview with Cultural TV Russia July 2012 Interview by Nadine Knotzer - "Contemporary practice” , march 2012 Diletto Austria May 2012 "Bücherinnen, - die”, Salon for Art-book, Vienna / Austria Fresh palette of irreverence / Gulf news 1th July 2011 A lesson in art - Art Features / Division by Zero - Time out Dubai July 2012 Academy of fine arts Vienna official website / March 2011 -- Public Collections: SPM- Salsali Private Museum, Dubai/ UAE Commission for I'Atelier Camelia / UAE ---- Public art: MOMA, Moscow / Russia 2012-2013 Schiller Square Vienna / Austria 2012-2013 last update : October 2013
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."
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.
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.