زیستن در جهانی فاقد مرز با حفظ شخصیت فردی و پاسخ.دادن به نیازهای فرهنگی متناسب با اقلیم یکی از مهمترین زمینه.های گفتمانی در روزگار ماست. فرهنگ ایران به.واسطه.ی جغرافیای سیاسی منحصر به فردش از دیر باز تحت تأثیر فرهنگ.های مختلف و نحله.های فکری متفاوت بوده است، اما هیچ.گاه اینگونه که در برابر مدرنیسم اروپایی به چالشی هستی.شناسانه کشیده نشده بود در گذر بیش از یک قرن آشنایی ایرانیان با این کالای غریب بارها و بارها شاهد تلاش اندیشمندان و اصحاب فرهنگ برای مواجهه یا تعامل با مدرنیسم از یک طرف و احیاء و بروز رسانی ارزش.های سنتی بوده.ایم. نمایشگاه نقاش راوی به سادگی در زمره.ی یکی از این تلاشها در جهت احیای فرهنگ بومی با حفظ کیفیت جهانی قرار می.گیرد. در این نمایشگاه تلاش کرده.ایم سنت کهن ترکیب.بندی بر اساس روایت داستانی را احیاء کنیم. در آثار این نمایشگاه از ذهنیت ذاتاً قصه.گو و شاعرانه.ی هنرمندان بصری جوان ایرانی دعوت شده تا محتوای ذهنشان را در ساده.ترین شکل بجای روایت کردن، صورت.گری کنند. در این نمایشگاه ساختار و ترکیب.بندی در هر تابلو می.تواند به جای پیرنگ در یک قصه گرفته شود.
Living in a borderless world without losing one's personal characteristics and responding to one's cultural needs according to the local cultural climate is one of the most important discursive undercurrents of our days. Iranian culture, through its unique political geography, has been influenced by various foreign cultures and cults since ancient times. But never it's been challenged as vehemently and ontologically as it is today by way of its relationship to European modernism. One century after the initial encounter with this strange substance, we are still involved with the repetitive attempt of our cultural intellectuals to either fend it off or revive and update Iranian traditional values in the face of it. This Exhibition is one instance of such attempts to revive the native culture without losing contact with the rest of the world. Here we try to revive the ancient tradition of Iranian illustration in service of a narrative content. We called for Iranian Artists, with their generally narrative and poetic sensibility, to illustrate their ideas in a simple way instead of narrating them and the result is presented as the works of this exhibition. The structure and composition of every painting can be considered as a narrative plot.
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.