دوران قاجار بستری پر فراز و نشیب از وقایع تاریخی ست و گنجینهای از قصهها را به همراه دارد. دورههای بسیار طولانی که هنوز بسیاری از اتفاقات آن برهه در گذر تاریخ کمرنگ و حتی گم شدهاند. این بسترِ مهیا از روایات مختلف و گوناگون، فرصتی است مفید برای خلق آثاری که تخیل در آن نقشی پر رنگ دارد. نمایشگاه گروهی «نورچشمیهای اتاق آینه» با هدف ایجاد فضایی فراواقعی و وهم آلود که براساس قصهای قاجاری و در فضایی سوررئال شکل گرفته، به جمع آوری تعدادی آثار نقاشی، تصویرسازی و کولاژ پرداخته است
مجموعه پیش رو برای نزدیک شدن به دنیاییست که بخشی از آن واقعیات تاریخ است و نیمه دیگر آن خیالیست که زاده هنرهای تجسمیاست
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چه میتوان گفت از آن زرق و برق بی رمق و لکههای بی جان از طلای آفتاب زمستانی؟ تهران بود و از صبح تا شب برفهای شاباش بر سر تماشاچیان رعیت که می رساندند خود را به بهارستان به قصد نظاره نقل و نبات و تور و ترمه که عروس شازده را به عمارت می بردند بر تخت کالسکه. کرسی گذاشتند مردم بیکار میان سوز و سرما و دل و جان را فدای تماشا کردند با حدقه های چشمانی پر حسرت. بی خبر از آنکه داغ نگاهشان نحس میکند حجله تازه نفس را
پنج به شش روز نرسیده عزا کردند بخت نو عروس عمارت را در اتاق آینه. چیزی نگذشت که رعیت هم، خود اسیر شدند به زکام و ذات الریه
عروس سفید پوش، شد عروس هزار نقش، گمشده در هزار آینه، میان اتاق عمارت. و چه می دانست شازده بخت برگشته از فرجام کار؛ که عروسش چشم زخم مردمی میشود گشنه و بی نانِ شب، که حسرت نگاهشان تیرهای پرّان است آغشته به زهر. و چه می دانست آنچه از رعیتش در قحطی دریغ می کرد، خود بلای جان نو عروسش می شود در شب وصل. حال، شازده جوان مانده بود و پیکری بی جان، پیچیده در تور و مروارید، میان اتاقی از آینه که پر از نورچشمیهای خوش نگار بود. به هر آینه که نظر میانداخت لعبتکانی می جست خوش نقش و رقص که هر یک داغی بر دلش میگذاشتند پر حسرت. حسرتی از جنس نان و آب حسرتی بی پایان
Qajar Era was a period full of historical events and ups and downs associated with an abundance of stories. A very long epoch that most of its events have still been paled and even lost through time. This period made of various tales and stories is a good chance for the creation of works that shall be strongly influenced by imagination. In the exhibition of
“The Favorites of The Mirror Room”, has been curated to create a surreal space full of illusion based on a Qajar story. The works have been created with a variety of media including painting, illustration, and collage. This collection is meant to approach a world which half of it being realities of history and the other half, an imagination born from visual arts.
"At that time winter sunlight was dim. It was snowing in Tehran from the morning to the night; although, people of the city have come to watch the wedding. That night the new bride was in a chariot on the way to the palace. People of the town were all eyes watching in the cold weather and cursed the wedding with their eyes. The ceremony should have last seven days, but it turned to a funeral before the sixth day, and people got sick of the cold weather. The bride passed away and lost among the mirrors of the mirror room.
The prince new groom did not know that if he provided bread and water to its people during the famine, they would not curse the wedding now. Now it was the prince, the dead body of the bride and a room of mirrors. He could see a beautiful bride in every mirror, but he never had the bride. The prince had always had this sense of regret
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.