Fatak Mousavi was born in 1982. He has graduated in Sculpture from the University of Arts, Tehran. In addition to art he is a professional climber, and after completing various courses, he obtained a “Route Setting” Diploma in France in 2013. His presence in the first conceptual art exhibition in 2001 was welcomed by the officials of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum purchased his work and has been installed it in the main building of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
“Who is afraid of Iranian art pioneers?” This was a critique written by Dr. Alireza Sami Azar, published in newspapers in 2009 regarding the artist’s exhibition named “Sepid.” In his critique, he states: “ The Sepid “ exhibition has shown the struggle against the pioneers of modern Iranian art in a rare and strange event. The young artist “Fatak Mousavi “has harmonized creative work quality with his aggressive approach in this icon-breaking exhibition in each of the masters’ works. Aghdashloo’s Classical Persian and Western characters are torn to pieces, Ehsayi’s calligraphies were shredded to tiny strings of papers, and the strings have been destroyed, Tanavoli’s controversial “Heech” has been hanged or burned, Kiarostami’s famous trees install- lations and photographs have been burned or sawed, and finally Nami’s paintings with white background had been blown up and destroyed. What is the real purpose of this destruction, and what is the mo- tivation for displaying this anti-art behavior? ... In the Iranian art community and especially in the young generation and newly recognized artists, significant changes are emerging, which can be interpreted in the background of the educated Iranian society modernization movement and pro- guess...”
The exhibition “Black-Red-White” results from three years of artist’s work in the form of a Conceptual Art Installation. Works in the form of sculptures and paintings displayed in a space covered with salt.
The works are based on different views of the “Azadi Square” building and various writings of “Khat Ghermez” in sculp- tures produced from combinations of stone, wood, and epoxy glass.
The artist says about his exhibition:
“This arrangement is the result of a post-minimalist approach, relying on elements such as materialism, repetition and the use of flat and industrial colors in expressing the artist’s conceptual point of view.”
This arrangement will be exhibited from January 26th to February 13th, 2022 in Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran.
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.