Group Exhibition by Assar’s Represented Artists
January 22 – March 13 2013
Assar Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of new works by nine of its represented artists: Alireza Adambakan (b.1976), Iman Afsarian (b.1974), Samira Alikhanzadeh (b.1967), Reza Azimian (b.1977), Mohammad Ghazali (b.1980), Roxana Manouchehri (b.1974), Azadeh Razaghdoost (b.1979), Babak Roshaninejad (b.1977) and Mojtaba Tajik (b.1966).
Alireza Adambakan’s work, selected from his renowned Haftad o Du Tan series, Hallaj, inspired by Sufi music and larger than his customary dimensions is a mixed media on square canvas that further emphasizes the presence of a single personage in the center. His choice of palette in addition- though similar to his routine- is used to specifically represent the color of a cloak.
Once more, depicting empty rooms and interior spaces, this time, Iman Afsarian plays with the reflection of light against the tiles of an empty bathroom to suggest a sense of time and a trace of human existence in an empty isolated area.
Samira Alikhanzadeh Centennial series consists of 100-year-old photographs of women musicians and women bands of the Qajar period. The work selected for this exhibition, second in the series, further shows the artist’s portrayal of modernism with respect to women’s professions and their appearance.
Reza Aziman’s work, selected from his most sought after series, the Download, reveals a sense of indifference. Always concerned with social issues, he tries to show that in the current time, appearance does not matter much and that in fact people associate with one another based on the benefits they may have for one another.
Mohammad Ghazali’s series, Need Something to Soothe Me works as a prerequisite to his solo show in the coming spring. Concerned with the city of Tehran, its life and its bitter sweet moments in his photographs, he tries to capture a sense of suspense, a novel aspect of the city that he creates in the frames that he chooses to create a fragmentary viewing of the city.
Roxana Manouchehri’s Celebration from her most recent series, Nostalgic Identity, portrays the contrast of two periods by placing out of place figures drawn from Persian Miniature against renaissance backgrounds to represent her journeying of contrast present in her paintings since 2004.
In her new series, In Search of Lost Time, Azadeh Razaghdoost plays with the notion of shadow to distance herself from the physical reality of nature and instead paints reflections of flowers and leaves that seem to breathe and dance.
Babak Roshaninjead’s triptych from his Trilogy series, titled A Trio for Hansel, Gretel and the Witch, previously exhibited in the 2010 edition of Art Dubai, consists of the composition of two portraits and a full figure in the center to examine the issue of identity in an exaggerated graphic-like manner.
And last but not least, Mojtaba Tajik’s Diary from his Boxes series communes a sense of nostalgia and similar to his previous boxes, it represents a period within which a person’s life is constructed, with some parts of it open to be observed publicly and some other parts closed and hidden away.
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.