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Shirin Art Gallery July 2017 Iman Safaei Kuche 01

کوچه، قطعات اخیر هنرمند را که شامل پرچم‌ها، نوشته‌ها، گراوورها، صفحات زینک و دیگر ابژه‌هاست، نمایش خواهد داد

ایمان صفایی، در ادامه‌ی کاوش خود در گفتمان زبان، در زمینه‌ی شعر، چیستان‌ها، متل‌ها، فحش‌ها، گزین‌گویه‌ها، لاطاالات، عبارات و ضرب‌المثل‌ها از بستری واحد جهت رسیدن این بخش‌های مختلف زبانی به هدفی مشترک در فرم، انتزاع و فرهنگ بهره جسته است

صفایی معتقد است: زبان حافظه‌ی جامعه است و حافظه‌ی هر جامعه در زبان آن منعکس می‌شود

سازه‌ها و مجسمه‌های او هر چند اغلب از ایده‌های ساده تشکیل شده‌اند اما اساساً از بنیان خاصه‌فهم برخوردارند، و به طیف وسیعی از گپ‌وگفت با مخاطب منجر می‌شود. آن‌ها از سنت و محیط اطراف با ترکیبی از بافت‌ها و خامی موادی مانند آهن یا مواد رایج در زندگی روزمره صحبت می‌کنند. ساده‌‌گرایی، مفهوم‌گرایی، فرهنگ‌گرایی و البته حد مشخصی از ظهور اندیشه‌های اجتماعی، همه و‌همه در سازه‌های ایمان صفایی مستتر است. نکته‌ی جالب توجه در استفاده از متون فارسی در کا‌رهای اخیر او، این است که کلمات به‌گونه‌ای مبهم و گاه متمایز، با شبکه‌های هندسی، احاطه شده‌اند و ادغام این‌ها منعکس‌کننده‌ی توسعه‌ی شهری‌ای هستند، که در تناقض با میراث فرهنگی گذشته‌ی ما است

ایمان صفایی، متولد ۱۳۶۱، در حال حاضر در تهران کار و زندگی می‌کند. آثار این هنرمند در تعدادی از مجموعه‌های خصوصی  نگهداری شده و یکی از چیدمان‌های فلزی او در مجموعه‌ی دائمی لاکما (موزه هنرهای معاصر لس‌آ‌نجلس – آمریکا) قرار دارد

Alley exhibits his recent works including various pieces of sculptures, Flags, writings, gravure, zinc sheets, etc. predominantly large-scale and abstract.

Iranian artist Iman Safaei continues his ongoing dialogue exploring language in the fields of lyrics, riddles, idioms, curses, tales, satires, popular sayings, and proverbs, using the place where these different planes meet to explore a mutual interest in object, abstraction, and culture. “Language is the society’s memory, and the image of any community’s memory is reflected in its language,” believes Safaei.

Safaei's assemblages and sculptures are often composed of simple materials, fundamentally from the foundation of understanding, yet evoking a range of associations. They speak of tradition and the surroundings by combining the textures of objects with the rawness of materials such as Iron and Steel or common pieces found in everyday life. Minimalism, conceptualism, culturalism, and a certain amount of manifestation of social thoughts are all embedded throughout Iman Safaei's art.

What is intriguing is the use of Persian texts in his recent art, which are transformed into tangled and sometimes distinct words, with geometrical grids, which often merge with writing and is reflecting the urban development, which is in contradiction with our cultural heritage.

Iman Safaei, born in Tehran, Iran, 1982, currently lives and works in Tehran. His extensive oeuvre of work showcases iconic visual language and multidimensional pieces, through various mediums including concrete, metal, neon, print, and found objects. His works are included in a number of private collections, and one of his iron sculptures is in the permanent collection of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

نمایشگاه آثار " ایمان صفایی " با عنوان " کوچه "  تیر 1396 گالری شیرین

More About 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.

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