ریحانـه راعی مـتولـد اصـفهان و فـارغالتحصیل در رشـتهی صـنایع دسـتی از دانـشگاه هـنر اصـفهان در مـقطع لیسانـس و تـصویرسـازی در مـقطع فـوق لیسانـس از دانشکده هـنرهـای زیبا دانشگاه تهران میباشد. از نــگاه هــنرمــند:» قــصرهــای خیالی که در این مجــموعــه ســاخــتهام در بــاغی بــزرگ قــرار دارنــد، در پــروســهی ســاخــت آنهــا بــه درخــتان بــاغ و گــلهــا، بــه آب و پــرنــدگــان، بــه نــور و صـداهـا فکر کردهام. قـصرهـا را سـاخـتم و خـاطـرهام از گـلهـا را طـراحی کردم. بـاغی که این قـصرهـا در آن قـرار دارنـد، بـاغ مخفی امید در ذهـن مـن اسـت. بـاغ مخفی، بـاغی اسـت که
جــایی در ذهــن وجــود دارد، پــنهان اســت و بــاید کشف شــود. بــاید از آن مــراقــبت کرد تــا شکوفــا بــشود. »بــاغ«، »گــلهــا« و »امید« هــر ســه بــرای زنــده مــانــدن نیاز بــه مــراقــبت دائمی دارنـد. مـن بـه این فکر کردم که زمسـتان میگـذرد و بـهار تـماشـایی اسـت. آنوقـت جـشن بـزرگی در بـاغ بـر پـا خـواهـد شـد، جشنی که هـمه بـه آن دعـوت میشـونـد. کار کردن روی این مجــموعــه بــرای مــن مــراقــبهای بــود تــا یادم بیاید که بــهار و مــهمانی در راه اســت. این کالکشن شـامـل بیست و چـهار گـردنـبند بـه هـمراه عـبارتی بـرای عـنوان اثـر و نیز تـعدادی طـراحی اسـت. بـرای نـامگـذاری کارهـایم از مـتونی دربـارهی بـاغهـای ایرانی الـهام گـرفـتهام. مجــموع اینهــا قــرار اســت بــه بیننده کمک کند تــا بــاغ ذهنی خــودش را بــسازد. مــن روی تــمام وجــوه اثــر کار کردهام و داســتان بــعد از اینکه بــه یک زاویهی اثــر نــگاه کردید، ادامــه مییابــد. وقتی کار پــوشیده میشــود، بــدن کسی که آن را پــوشیده اســت بــه مــثابــهی بــاغ
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Reihane Raei born in Isfahan 1984 has BA in Handcraft from Isfahan art University and MA in illustration from Fine art faculty of Tehran University. She had many solo and group exhibitins and this is her fifth solo exhibition.
As the artist says: ” The imaginary palaces I have created in this collection are located in a great garden. During the process of making them, I have thought of the garden trees, flowers, water, birds, lights, and sounds. I have made palaces and framed memories of flowers in my mind. The garden that these palaces are located in, is the secret garden of “hope”. This secret garden is somewhere in our minds. It’s hidden and should be discovered. It should be protected in order to flourish. “Gardens”, “flowers”, and “hope”, need to be taken care of in order to survive. I thought about the fact that winter is going to pass and how spectacular spring is. That’s the time a big celebration is thrown in the garden, which everyone is invited to.
Working on this collection, was a contemplation for me to remember that spring and celebration are on the way. This collection includes twenty-four necklaces with titles for each and a couple of sketches. for naming my artworks, I was inspired by texts about Persian gardens. This collection is supposed to help the viewers to make their own imaginary gardens. I have worked on all aspects of the artworks and the story continues after looking at one. When the necklace is worn, the person’s body is going to be tantamount to the secret garden..”
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.