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PORTRAITS: REFLECTIONS BY EMERGING IRANIAN ARTISTS On View 9/17-22 at Rogue Space Gallery

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PORTRAITS: REFLECTIONS BY EMERGING IRANIAN ARTISTS On View 9/17-22 at Rogue Space Gallery

On the occasion of the fifth-year anniversary of the opening of the exhibition Iran Inside Out at the Chelsea Museum in 2009 and on the first anniversary of Iran Modern, which debuted at the Asia Society in 2013, curators Roya Khadjavi Heidari and Massoud Nader announce Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists, a groundbreaking group show which will further shed light on, and explore, Iran's contemporary art scene by showcasing work by over 20 young Iranian artists who were raised, educated, and born there. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 to September 22, 2014 at Rogue Space Gallery, located at 508 West 26th Street, New York, New York.

"Despite all it's societal and political challenges of the past thirty years, which led the country into isolation, Iran has experienced an artistic revival that has defied all expectation, yet the work of most emerging artists is still unknown in the United States," said Heidari and Nader in a statement. "It is for this reason that we began this project with the hope of bringing awareness to our U.S. audience, and to familiarize them with this new body of work."

"The multidisciplinary nature of the show, with its emphasis on various artistic styles and techniques, demonstrates exactly the remarkable breadth of Iran's artistic community. The current generation of Iranian artists is not afraid of experimentation-they often test the limits of acceptability in their own land."

Portraits: Reflection of Emerging Iranian Artists will include paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and video works by Ahmad Morshedloo, Alishia Morassaie, Arash Sedaghatkish, Babak Bidarian, Bahar Behbahani, Dadbeh Basir, Hossein Edalatkhah, Jinoos Taghizadeh, Morteza Pourhosseini, Nasser Bakhshi, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Sepanta Ghassemkhani, among others, many of whose works have never before been exhibited in the United States.

"The works in the show diligently create a dialogue between contemporary art on one hand and the rich cultural influence of Iran's past on the other," said Heidari and Nader. "Indicative of the tactful intelligence of this young generation, this exchange provides a departure from strictly western artistic styles."

According to Heidari and Nader's curatorial vision, "The emphasis on emerging Iranian art does not aim to ghettoize the artists either geographically or philosophically. Rather, by holding such a show in New York City-the epicenter of the global contemporary art market-we hope to highlight the talent of these seldom-recognized artists and to celebrate their courage, stamina, and love of their craft.


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