دستهايي كه بهم پيوسته است
آدميتي طلب كن كه مقصود اين است؛ باقي دراز كشيدن است "مولوي فيه مافيه"
اجتماعي بودن انسان انديشه ي ساخته و پرداخته از پيش نيست كه در گهواره به ما تحميل گردد؛ بلكه كارنامه درخشان آن بر پيشاني انسانيت مي درخشد؛ اجتماعي شدن، انسان را واداشت تا از واژه ها، افكار و انديشه هاي ناب سرمشق تهيه كند و براي ثبت آن خط را اختراع كرد؛ انسان براي تولد خط مراحل خرد، جد و جهد و زمان زيادي را پيموده تا خط قابليت ماندن و هستي پيدا كند.
همه بر اين مهم ادراك داريم كه خط با تاريخ گره خورده است و باعث ثبت و نگارش تاريخ و موجب انتقال انديشه ها و زيبايي هاي بشري شده است.
در اين مجال كوتاه به تاريخ پنج هزار ساله خط و پيشگامان و مللي كه در ترويج و زيبايي آن كوشيدند قلم نمي رقصانم و شهرزاد قصه ي هزار ويك شب نخواهيم شد؛ ولي عمر دراز و انديشمندانه خط و خوشنويسان بزرگ و پر از معاني و فرهنگ را مي ستائيم.
مردم به احوالات پر چم و خم و نازك ياب هنرمندان ايراني كه به ژرف انديشي شهره اند؛ نمره دادند و هنرمندان هم هوشمندانه به دليل كمال گرايي و خرد ورزي آثاري سرشار از معرفت و معنويت و زيبايي به صحيفه هستي نقش ماندگار زدند، تا آرامش بخش و صيقل روح آدمي از كهن روزگاران تا حال كه در آستانه ي قرن بيست و يكم باشد. هنرمندان با داشتن هارموني، موسيقي و معماري كلمات، پيام و جادوي رنگ كه از خيال نازك طبع مشرقي؛ چشمه هاي جوشان دارند بر آن هستند تا كار اجتماعي خويش را با نقش "دستهاي بهم پيوسته" نور افكني باشد به رنگ پريدگي و تاريكي هاي اجتماعي (کودکان کار). اين همت هدفمند، خيرخواهانه و نيكخواهانه را هنرمندان نامي ايران و گالري سيحون كه سابقه اي پنجاه ساله در تلاش، ترويج و همراهي هنرمندان بزرگ اين سرزمين را دارد، مجموعه اي فراهم شد تا قدمي براي کودکان کار باشد. ما اين راز استوار مي دانيم كه دوستداران فرهنگ، معاني و هنر ايران، هنرمندان و گالري را در اين مهم ياري نمايند .
Hands Joined Together
“Seek the humanity; that is your true purpose. The rest is mere long-windedness”.
Discourses of Rumi
Sociability of human beings is not a pre-created thought, imposed upon us in the cradle; rather its luminous record shines on the forehead of the humanity. To become social, man had to prepare exemplars and patterns of words, reflections and original ideas; and in order to record it, he invented the script.
It has taken a long time and enormous steps of wisdom, efforts and endeavors for the man to beget, preserve and perpetuate the script.
We all perceive this pivotal point that script is interwoven with the history and that it has resulted in the history to be recorded and transcribed and in the beauties of the human kinds and their thoughts to be conveyed.
Regarding the brevity of this writing, I do not attempt to write about the five thousand years of the history of the script or about the pioneers and nations, who ventured to spread and beautify it; I am not about to play the role of Shahrzad The Storyteller in “One Thousand and One Nights” in here. We do however admire the long and contemplative life of the great calligraphers and the script that are replete with implications and culture.
People have graded the complex, delicate and subtle lives of Iranian artists, who are widely known for their deep reflections; and the artists, on the other hand, because of their perfectionism and rationality, have intelligibly created the artworks, rich in knowledge, morality and elegance so as to sooth and smooth the human mind to all eternity, since the old ages up until now that we are on the verge of the 21 century. The artists intend for their social work “Hands Joined Together” to be an inscription, illuminating the social paleness and darkness (The Child Labor), owning to their possession of harmony, music, words, architecture, message and the magic of colors that steam from the delicate imagination of the Eastern nature.
Through this purposeful and well-intended attempt, made by the well-known Iranian artists and The Seyhoun Art Gallery, that has a fifty-year-old reputation for its efforts, propagations, accompaniments and support of the great artists of this land, a collection has been prepared to take a step towards helping The Child Labor. We do consider this sensitive notion that those admiring Iranian culture, significance and art, would aid the artists and the gallery to perform this momentous noteworthy task.
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.