یک دهه پیش گالری دامون فر جهت آشنایی بیشتر با نسل جوان هنرمند، اولین جشنواره ی هنرهای تجسمی"دامون فر" را برگزار کرد. ایده آن بود که جوانان مستعد، آینده سازان ما خواهند بود. تصور این بود که با نمایش صحیح آثار هنرمندان جوان، می توان توانایی ها، ویژگی های فردی و دغدغه های آن نسل را آشکار کرد تا شاید، هم آنها با قدرت و شهامت بیشتری گام بردارند و هم ما از نسل جوان خود بیشتر بدانیم.
آن چه این روزها مکرر می بینیم و می شنویم نام هنرمندانی است که روزی به بهانه ی حضور در جشنواره ی دامون فر اولین بارها دیده و کشف شدند و اکنون استوارتر و موثرتر از گذشته بر سکوهای موفقیت ایستاده اند.
به رسم گذشته امسال نیز قصد بر این است منتخبی از آثار هنرمندان به نمایش گذاشته شود. اما این بار نگاه نه فقط به برگزیدگان دوره های پیشین، که به شرکت کنندگان تمام دوره ها بوده است. گزینش هنرمندان شرکت کننده در این نمایش بر عهده ی پویا آریانپور بود که با تکیه بر موضوع نمایشگاه " بی خوابی " صورت گرفته و در دو گالری اثر و اٌ به نمایش در آمده است.
امید است نمایش پیش رو تصور درستی از خاستگاه های هنرمندان نسل نو ارائه دهد.
A decade ago, Damonfar Gallery organized and held ‘Damonfar’s Contemporary Arts Festival’ to introduce and promote the young generation of artists. The idea behind this event was to promote the motivated youth as the future-makers of our society. By adequately presenting the works of this generation of young artists, the aim was to manifest their abilities, strength, personal characteristics and concerns, so to perhaps allow them to take confident steps and for the audience to know more about these artists.
What we frequently see and hear these days, are names of artists who once participated in Damonfar’s festival for the first time and are now well-known and successful artists.
This year, we aim to once again present a selection of works by artists. However, this time we are not focusing only on selected artists from past exhibitions but participants of all editions. The exhibition this year is entitled ‘Insomnia’ and artists and artworks are selected by Pooya Aryanpour and exhibited at Assar and O galleries.
We hope that the upcoming exhibition would bring together the best of art produced by an exciting new generation of artists and to present their unique approach.
Overview and HistoryTehran 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 ThereMehrabad 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.TransportationTehran 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 CultureMore 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, RecommendationsTake 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 Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand 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.