زمانی که میراث تمدن های بشری مانند گیاه کوچکی در حال پژمرده شدن است، بی اختیار، زبان هنر فریاد های خواموش خود را با بیان بر زوال اقتدار جهان تاب و شکوه بینظیر دستاورد های خود، سر میدهد.
در این میانه در ذهن من انگاره ای ریشه دواند و نگاهم معطوف به مکانیزه شدن جهان شد. آنچنان موجی که اندک اندک انسانی شدن را می بلعد و نظم طبیعی تمدنی که ما در درون آن متولد و رشد یافته ایم را رو به ضعف، انحطاط و زوال می کشاند ونظم اجتماعی که محصول نبوغ نیاکان ما بوده است به سرعت و هوشمندانه در مسیر قهقرا قرار می دهد.
زندگی به دست جامعه ای در حال بلعیده شدن است و هر روز با توهم و تفکری پوچ که به اصطلاح زندگی انسانی داریم مارا وادار به ادامه دادن این اتفاق شوم می کند و گاه و بی گاه رخوتی مرگ آور روح ما را به بند می کشد. و اعضای انسانی مارا بدل به پیچ و مهره هایی از هم گسیخته که روز به روز به فروپاشی عظیم نزدیک می گردند را حاصل می شود.
خالقان لباس ها و مد ها که دست آورد تلاش های اصیل انسانی که تن آرای ما بوده و یا هنر های ظریف اجداد آهنگر، نجار، معمار و... در میان چرخ دنده های تمدن بی رحم امروزی مرگ خود را به تماشا نشسته است. نگاه و اعتراض من به چنین اتفاقی است که انسان خود را به بدل به چرخ دنده های آهنین کرده که گویی دیگه گریزی از آن ندارد و صبح به صبح چهره هایی که تنها ماسکی انسانی به صورت خود دارند در چرخش روزگار می گردند وگویی هر روز تکثیز می شوند و هیچ کداممان بر نمی آییم که روند آن رامتوقف گردانیم و روح زندگیمان را از میان چرخ دنده ها بیرون آوریم.
باشد که تلاش و همدلی اهل هنر و اندیشه و زبان صامت و خاموش نقاشی گامی کوچک در بهبود مظاهر اجتماعی و هنری جامعه بشری ایفا نماید.
سولماز نباتی (تابستان 1394)
At the time when the legacy of human civilizations is withering like a small and fragile flower, art’s language cries inadvertently its silent wails to echo the fading universal power and the unrivalled grandeur of its achievements.
An idea rooted in my mind and my attention was drawn to the mechanization of the world.
It is such a huge wave that is gradually devouring humanity, destroying the natural order of the civilization we have been born into and demolishing expeditiously and cunningly the order of our social life which has been the result of our ancestors’ genius. Our life is washed down by a mechanized society which forces us to continue this sinister occurrence under the alias of living a human life and consequently, a lethal lethargy enslaves us. This changes human beings into riven screws of a monstrous machine that approach day and day their final epic demise. Clothes and fashion designers who have tried nobly hard to clad us gracefully and/or the dainty art of our blacksmith, carpenter and architect forefathers are watching their own annihilation among the cruel cogs of today’s mechanized civilization.
It is my special stance on and protest against the tenor of being changed into ferrous cogs of a machinery life without any hopes of salvation and wearing our humane masks every morning to start a new vicious circle and being repeated in its course without any attempts for stopping its viciousness and saving our souls from among those iron cogs that pushed me to run the current gallery.
I hope the labors of and the empathy between artists and intellectuals and the wordless language of painting would be a small step towards the revitalization of social and artistic emblems of the human society.
Written by: Solmaz Nabati (Summer 2015)
Translated by: Azadeh Feridounpour
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.