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Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – Part III

Overview and sources

  1. “Warhol saved me”, exhibition by Khosrow Hassanzadeh at Iranshahr Gallery. Bio, photos.
  2. Painting exhibition by Ali Bazmandegan at Saless Gallery. Biophotos.
  3. “Sacred Garden”, exhibition by Anahita Ghazanfari at Shirin Gallery. Bio, photos.
  4. “100 works, 100 artists”, group exhibition at Golestan Gallery. Photos.
  5. Painting exhibition by Alireza Baghi at Hoor Gallery (collaboration with Emrooz Gallery). Photos, poster.
  6. “Inward regard 2”, exhibition by Faezeh Afjehniya at ECO Cultural Institute Tehran. Bio, photos, poster.
  7. “Human Being & Forgetfulness”, painting exhibition by Shirin Moayya at Ayrik Gallery. Bio, photos, poster.
  8. “Moment”, sculpture installation by Solmaz Lienhard at Ariana Gallery. Photos, poster.
  9. “Home is a name”, group exhibition (by Mona Najafizadeh, Miriam Hamann and Matin Soofipour) at A Gallery. Cooperation between Austrian and Iranian artists. The project will continue in January 2019 at Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz. Photos, poster.
  10. “On the pictures”, exhibition by Pouya Parsamagham at Dastan Gallery. Photos and more.
  11. Painting exhibition by Sohrab Marzban at Shirin Gallery. Bio, photos.
  12. “Tehran to me”, conceptual costume exhibition at Mostaghel Gallery. Photos.
  13. “Corruption, Retooling, Connection”, installation by Arya Tabandehpoor at Mohsen Gallery. Bio, photos and more: mohsen.gallery, harpersbazaararabia.com.
  14. “Qajar”, painting exhibition by Ghasem Hajizadeh at Mah Gallery. Bio, photos.
  15. “Three bodies”, group exhibition (works by Shaqayeq Ahmadian, Farzad Shekari and Parisa Taghipour) at Aaran Gallery. Photos.
  16. 1st annual young adults drawing exhibition at Etemad Gallery. Photos.
  17. Artworks by Narges Baghermoradi at Iran Art Gallery. More (in Persian) and photos.
  18. “Living inside death”, drawing exhibition by Mojtaba Yadollahi at Seyhoun Gallery. More (in Persian) and photos.
  19. “Fifty years in Abbey Road”, retrospective of artworks by Hamid Nourkeyhani at Sayé Gallery. Bio, photos, photos.
  20. “Illusion and reality”, works by Mehrdad Sadri at Tehran Art Center. Bio, photos.
  21. “Beyond the grays”, painting exhibition by Aisan Mohammad at Shalman Gallery. Bio, photos, poster.
  22. “Four corners of imagination”, group exhibition at Iranian Artists Forum. Photos.
  23. “Live dolls”, painting exhibition by Manoochehr Soltani at Vista+. Photos and more.
  24. “In darkness”, painting exhibition by Mina Feshangchi at Vista Gallery. Photos and more.
  25. Painting exhibition by Shahin Kimiagar at Golestan Gallery. Photos.
  26. Painting exhibition by Hosna Karnama at Saless Gallery. Bio, artist’s page and photos.
  27. “In our jungle”, painting exhibition by Mozhdeh Sajadi at Shirin Gallery. Photos.
  28. “The empty space”, painting exhibition by Sedigheh Fatollahzadeh and Orhan Umut at Seyhoun Gallery. O. Umut’s bio, interview with S. Fatollahzadeh (in Persian) and photos.
  29. “Zelkova’s serenity”, painting exhibition by Ebrahim Ganjian at Atbin Gallery. More (in Persian), photos and poster.
  30. “the short stories of roseland”, painting exhibition by Ladan Broujerdi at Homa Gallery. Bio, photos.
  31. Exhibition by Norwegian photographer Mats Alexander Grenabo at Iranian Artists Forum. Grenabo’s instagram, photos.

Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – II

First part: Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – I

Overview

  1. Photos, cartoons, comic strips and paintings by Kambiz Derambakhsh at Tehran’s Art Center. Bio: iranianroots.com. More photos: Honar Online
  2. “Between Two Curtains”, painting exhibition by Shahroo Kheradmand at Gallery A.
    Bio (in Persian): galleryinfo.ir and a-gallery.ir. More photos: Honar Online
  3. “V[!]ROLLURGY, #Fake news and fake science” by Mamali Shafahi at Mohsen Gallery.
    Bio: mohsen.gallery and aptglobal.org. More photos: Honar Online
  4. “Colorful Universe”, painting exhibition by Amir Bakhtiar Sanjabi at Shirin Gallery.
    Bio: amirsanjabi.com and financialtribune.com. More photos:  Honar Online
  5. Calligraphy exhibition by Alireza Shirafkan at Negar Art Gallery. Bio (in Persian): negarartgallery.com. More photos: instagram @alirezashirafkan90
  6. “The color of the island”, 10 year review of Ahmad Nadalian’s work in Hormuz Island at Mahmoudiyeh House. Bio: greenmuseum.org. More photos: instagram @ahmad.nadalian
  7. “I’m an artist”, “From Historical Documents”, photos, paintings and videos from Ramin Etemadi Bozorg at Dena Gallery. Bio: creativedisturbance.org. More photos: Honar Online
  8. “I know why the rebel sings”, photo exhibition by Newsha Tavakolian at Ab/Anbar Art Gallery. Bio: theotheriran.com. More photos:  Honar Online and Borna News
  9. “Figure and figuration”, group exhibition at Farmanfarma Art Gallery. Artists: Aydin Aghdashloo, Hosein Ahmadinasab, Parvaneh Etemadi, Hannibal Alkhas, Naser Ovissi, Reza Bangiz, Sima Bina, Jazeh Tabatabai, Mahmoud Javadipour, Bahman Dadkhah, Mehdi Sahabi, Iraj Zand, Jahangir Shahdadi and Manocher Motabar. More photos: Honar Online
  10. “Delete”, photo and video art exhibition by Yekta Darvish at Jaleh Gallery.
    Interview (in Persian): honaronline.ir. More photos: Honar Online and ISCA News
  11. “Horses and smiles”, painting solo exhibition by Poorang Pirataei at Delgosha Gallery. Short info about the artist: theculturetrip.com. More photos: Honar Online
  12. Handmade Printmaking Woodcut Exhibition by Parvin Hani Tabaei at did Gallery. Bio: parihani.com. More photos: Honar Online
  13. Painting exhibition by Davood Emdadian at Hoor Art Gallery. Bio: hoorartgallery.com. More photos: Honar Online
  14. “Khaki & Light Cyan”, painting exhibition by Morteza Goudarzi Dibaj at Shirin Gallery. Bio (in Persian): hamshahrionline.ir. More photos: Honar Online
  15. “Circle of life”, painting exhibition by Mohsen Etemadifar at Negar Art Gallery. Bio: arthibition.net. More photos: instagram @mohsen etemadifar
  16. 3rd KARA Open Studio at Mohsen Gallery, BAAM project. Works by Rob Santaguida (Canada), Felippe Moraes (Brazil) and Naïmé Perrette (France), awardees of the third edition of Kooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA 2017) as the result of their one month stay in Kooshk in May 2017. Bios: R. Santaguida, F. Moraes, N. Perrette. More photos: Honar Online
  17. “Variations on an instrument of a human anatomy”, artworks by Payam Mofidi at Assar Art Gallery. Bio: assarartgallery.com and mim.gallery. More photos: Honar Online
  18. “The eye that sees series”, painting exhibition by Ahmad Morshedloo at Homa Art Gallery. Bio: assarartgallery.com and saatchigallery.com. More photos: Honar Online
  19. “New Era Pioneers”, group exhibition at Mojdeh Art Gallery. Rarely seen works by Sohrab Sepehri, Bahman Mohasses, Hossein Zendehrudi, Parviz Kalantari, Jazeh Tabatabi and many other artists. More photos: Honar Online
  20. “Naghsh Band”, group exhibition at Vista Art Gallery. Artists: Abolfazl Shahi, Zahra Ebrahimi, Iraj Eskandari, Neda Azami, Fereidoun Omidi, Samila Amir Ebrahimi, Masoud Babakhani, Ladan Borojerdi, Homayoun Salimi, Hamid Jafaree Shakib, Mehdi Hosseini, Setareh Hosseini, Behnam kamrani, Sorme Arab, Katayoun Golestanian, Navid Atrvash, Neda Ghayouri and Gizella Varga Sinaee. More photos: Honar Online
  21. Chalcography exhibition by Mahdieh Azizi Rad at Vista+. Bio: arthibition.net. More photos:  Honar Online
  22. Group exhibition at Behnam Daheshpour Gallery to raise funds for people with cancer. Works by Forugh Khoshnevis, Parvaneh Razzaqi, Mahta Moeini, Shahla Homayuni and other artists. More photos: Honar Online
  23. “Suddenly aged 84”, painting exhibition by Rafat Sarraf at Golestan Gallery. About the artist: Tehran Times. More photos: Honar Online and Mehr News Agency

Other sources: Honar Online (Shahroo Kheradmand, in Persian), Honar Online (Rafat Sarraf, in Persian), Ab/Anbar Art Gallery, Assar Art Gallery (P. Mofidi), Behnam Daheshpour Charity Organization, Golestan Gallery (R. Sarraf), Homa Art Gallery (A. Morshedloo), KARA 2017 Open Studio, Mohsen Gallery (V[!]ROLLURGY), Negar Art Gallery, Shirin Gallery (A. Bakhtiari Sanjabi), Tehran’s Art Center, Vista Art Gallery (M. Azizi Rad), Vista Art Gallery (Naghsh Band), facebook @AbSlashAnbar, instagram @a_art_gallery, instagram @assarartgallery, instagram @behnamcharity, instagram @delgoshagallery, instagram @Dena.gallery, instagram @did_gallery, instagram @homaartgallery, instagram @hoorartgallery, instagram @jaleh.gallery, instagram @mohsengallery, instagram @mojdeh_art_gallery, instagram @negar_art_gallery, instagram @shiringallerytehran, instagram @VistaArtGallery, Tavoos Online (A. Nadalian), Tavoos Online (K. Derambakhsh), Tehran Times (Behnam Charity), Tehran Times (New Era Pioneers), Poster (A. Morshedloo), Poster (Behnam Charity), Poster (D. Emdadian), Poster (Figure and figuration), Poster (KARA 2017), Poster (M. Etemadifar), Poster (M. Goudarzi Dibaj), Poster (New Era Pioneers), Poster (Pari Hani), Poster (V[!]ROLLURGY)

Strolling through Tehran’s art galleries – Part I

Overview

  1. “Journey to myself”, painting exhibition by Morteza Asadi in memory of Davood Emdadian at Aria Gallery. Bio: tavoosonline.com
  2. “Horn”, group painting exhibition at Shokou Gallery
  3. “Faraway”, photo exhibtion by Mohsen Shahmardi at Emkan. Bio: mohsenshahmardi.com
  4. “The earth”, selection of works on paper, sculptures and installation by Niloofar Lohrasbi at O Gallery. More: O Gallery (The Eart)
  5. “Dark evolution”, painting exhibition by Azin Rostami at Vista Art Gallery. More: Vista Gallery
  6. “The unseen”, collection of works by Nasser Ovissi at Atbin Gallery. Bio: galleryovissi.com
  7. “Eve’lution”, photo exhibition by Nazanine Ezdiari at Jaleh Gallery. Bio: mekicartgallery.com
  8. “Vacuum bag”, installation by Razieh Aarabi at Vista Art Gallery. More: Vista Art Gallery
  9. Painting exhibition by Alireza Esmaeli at Golestan Gallery. More: Golestan Gallery
  10. “Ghabaleh”, group exhibition curated by Mojdeh Atrak at RoBeRoo Mansion. Artists: Amirmasoud Agharebparast, Hoda Amin, Nazly Pourshirmohamad, Ehsan Tahvilian, Negin Haddadzadeh, Nojan Heydari, Zahere Donyadide, Ehsan Rooholamin, Ehsan Ziaee, Yookabet Farokhi, Zahra Ghyasi, Mahya Giv, Tarlan Lotfizadeh and Maryam Mostaghel
  11. Painting exhibition by Reza Hedayat at Shirin Gallery. More: shiringallery.com
  12. Painting exhibition by Nasser Azizi at Tehran’s Art Center. Bio: mahartgallery.com
  13. “Copy-Paste”, curated by Shahram Entekhabi at Azad Art Gallery. The exhibition intends to review the phenomenon of reproduction, replication and transcription in art.
  14. “Outer Facade, Inner Essence”, painting exhibition by Hadi Farahani at Golestan Gallery. Bio: iranian.com
  15. “Immigration postal boxes”, painting exhibition by Mehrshad Khosravi Yekta at Saless Gallery
  16. “Night, daylight twilight”, painting exhibition by Pariyoush Ganji at Iranshahr Gallery
  17. “Human is the difficulty of duty (1); Ability of loving and to be loved”, group multimedia exhibition curated by Farshid Parsikia at Dena Gallery
  18. “The shadow inside”, painting exhibition by Niloufar Qaderinejad at Sareban Gallery. More: Sareban Gallery
  19. “Girls of the turquoise land”, painting exhibition by Behzad Bozorgi at Valir Art Gallery.
    Bio: Vali Art Gallery
  20. “Typography”, group calligraphy exhibition at Fereshteh Art Gallery. Artists: Mohammad Ehsaei, Nasrolah Afjehi, Salar Ahmadian, Omid Khakbaz, Babak Rashvand, Alireza Saadatmand, Eineddin Sadeghzadeh, Mehdi Falah and Kiarash Yaghubi

Sources: Honar Online (HO) 1, HO 2, HO 3, HO 4, HO 5, HO 6, HO 7, HO 8, HO 9, HO 10, HO 11, HO 12, HO 13, HO 14, HO 15, HO 16, HO 17, HO 18, HO 19, HO 20, Aria Gallery (Journey to Myself), Atbin Gallery, Azad Art Gallery (Copy-Paste), Emkan (Faraway), Fereshteh Art Gallery (Typography), Golestan Gallery (H. Farahani), Jaleh Gallery (Instagram), Shokou Gallery, Tehran Art Center, instagram @behzadbozorgi, instagram @davoodemdadian, instagram @Dena.gallery, instagram @fereshtehartgallery, instagram @iranshahrgallery, instagram @mehrshad_khosravi_yekta, instagram #نازنین_ازدیاری (Nazanine Ezdiari), instagram @rooberoo_mansion, instagram @salessgallery, instagram @sarebangallery, instagram @shiringallerytehran, instagram @VistaArtGallery, Honar Online (in Persian, about Bakhtiari, Bozorgi, Hedayat and Farahani), Mehr News (N. Azizi) (in Persian), Payvand (H. Farahani), Poster (N. Azizi), Poster (Horn), Poster (Vacuum Bag)

Art collective Slavs and Tatars’ first exhibition in Iran (Photos)

“Nose to Nose” will run from May 5 to July 14 featuring publications, lecture-performances and exhibitions at Pejman Foundation’s newly opened Argo Factory in downtown Tehran.

The installation looks to the Sufi notion of hamdami, the breathing together of sensuality and spirituality. Their “Not Moscow Not Mecca” installation, first exhibited at the Vienna Secession in 2012, will be restaged. A new Persian translation will be commissioned for their multi-channel audio installation “Lektor”, joining Aboriginal Yuggera, Arabic, Polish, German, Danish, Flemish and Spanish and a translation of David Joselit’s “On Aggregators” will be made available in Persian.

About Slavs and Tatars
Wishing to remain largely anonymous as a collective of unnamed artists, Slavs and Tatars was founded in 2006 by a Polish-Iranian duo. Over the years they have been joined by other artists from all over the world. The group’s work is centered on three activities: exhibitions, books and lecture performances, focusing on an often forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. They refer to themselves as “archaeologists of the everyday”.
Their works are in collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; Tate Modern, London and The Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, among others.

Related articles on Slavs and Tatars (2016): The Brooklyn Rail, Houston Chronicle, Blouin Art Info

Sources: Pejman Foundation, instagram #slavsandtatars, instagram #pejmanfoundation, instagram @argofactory, instagram Pejman Foundation: Argo FactorySlavs and Tatars, culture.pl, Wikipedia, The Third Line

Tooma Art Group Exhibition at Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran

Tooma Art Group was formed by a number of Iranian artists concerned about environmental issues. The exhibition, that will run through May 5, features paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and tapestries with focus on Iran’s wildlife. Part of the event’s revenue will go towards environmental projects such as wildlife water holes and facilities for treatment of animals.

Participating artists include illustrators Negin Ehtesabian and Pejman Rahimizadeh, Ilgar Rahimi, Saeedeh Rezaee Badr, Saba Arabshahi, Mahnaz Saadatkia, Anis Soltani, Mahnaz Soleymannejad, Pedram Kazerooni as well as Afsaneh Khorramshahi and Alireza Owji. Nazanin Tahaee, Maryam Tahmasbi, Somayeh Alipour, Moslem Alamzadeh, Nastaran Anbari, Fereshteh Jafarimand and Mohanna Fazli are among others attending the event.

The current exhibition also features works by painters Asal Hazeqi and Leyla Refahi, as well as by graphic artist and photographer Homa Rostami, children’s book illustrator Mojgan Saeedian, graphic journalist Kamal Tabatabai, animator and caricaturist Sara Tayebzadeh and photographer Arezou Amidi.

Sources: Tavoos Online, instagram @tooma_art_group, instagram #tooma_art_group, Iranian Illustrators Society (in Persian)

Collage exhibition by five artists at Tehran’s Vista Art Gallery (Photos)

Shirin Ettehadieh, Tooran Zandieh, Talieh Kamran, Minoo Asaadi and Fereshteh Ghazirad presented their works at an exhibition titled “Singing Pieces” hosted in Tehran by Vista Art Gallery.

Sources: Honar Online, Vista Art Gallery

Marcos Grigorian’s “Earthworks” on display in Tehran

Dastan +2 is hosting “Earth Works” by Iranian-Armenian artist Marcos Grigorian. The exhibition will be open from June 10th to July, 2nd.

Marcos (better known as Marco) Grigorian was an Iranian-Armenian artist, actor, teacher, gallery owner, and collector who played a pioneering role in the development of Iranian modern art. As a modernist pop artist, he turned to ordinary objects and popular ethnic forms and approaches. He used ethnic food such as “nan sangak” and “abghousht” to evoke authenticity in his work. Grigorian was a trend setter in experimenting with Earth Art in Iran.

Other posts on Iranian Armenians: https://theotheriran.com/tag/armenian/

Biography
Grigorian was born in Kropotkin, Russia in 1925, to an Armenian family from Kars who had fled that city when it was captured by Turkey in 1920. The family moved to Iran when Grigorian was five, living first in Tabriz, then Tehran and settling later in Julfa, the Armenian district of Isfahan. In 1940 his family moved back to Tehran where he attended Alborz College and later Kamal-al-Molk Art School in 1948.

After finishing pre-university education in Iran, in 1950, Grigorian went to Rome, and enrolled at the Academia di Belle Arti. He studied with cubist sculptor Roberto Melli (1885-1958). Upon graduation in 1954, he returned to Iran and opened Gallery Esthetique, one of the first modern galleries in Tehran.

In 1958, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, he organized the first Tehran Biennial. Grigorian was also an influential teacher at the Fine Arts Academy, where he disseminated his enthusiasm for local popular culture, including coffee-house paintings, a type of folk art named after the locations in which they were often displayed.

In 1959, after two years of intensive work, Grigorian completed a succession of enormous murals centering on the topic of the Holocaust. During the same period, he started applying dirt to the center of his canvases. This became the starting point of his celebrated “Earthworks Series”.

In 1960 he started acting in several Iranian films as Gregory Mark. An energetic and talented performer, he played villains in many movies, soon specializing in anti-hero roles and conspicuously contrary characters.

After moving to the USA in 1962 Grigorian started a new phase in his artistic career. He worked and lived in New York until 1970, when he returned to Tehran and joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. Grigorian left Iran in 1977.

In 1980 he returned to New York and established Arshile Gorky Gallery, named after the Armenian abstract expressionist painter who committed suicide in the U.S.A. in 1948. There he exhibited the works of Iranian and Armenian artists for several years.

In 1986 Grigorian lost his daughter to a massive heart attack. The tragedy caused a shift in Grigorian’s entire perspective and artistic priorities. He immersed himself in his other passion, that of Armenian folk art and rug weaving. He later donated 5,000 of his artworks to the government of Armenia.

In 1993 established the “Sabrina Near East Museum of Yerevan”, where he housed his own works and exquisite collection. Known as the Middle East Museum, the Museum displays 2,600 exhibits containing works of Russian, European and Middle Eastern applied arts. In particular the Persian Section is unique. Persian Pre-Islamic Zoroastrian culture, Islamic culture, Ghadjarac art is on display as well.

Some of his works are now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kerman, and the National Gallery of Armenia. Grigorian died on August 2007 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Sources: dastan+2, Facebook | Dastan’s Basement, HonarOnline, Encyclopaedia Iranica | Grigorian, Marcos, Wikipedia | Marcos Grigorian, armeniainfo.am

Tehran was turned again into an art gallery (Photos)

Tehran hosted for its second consecutive year “A Gallery as big as a City”, an art event that turns the Iranian capital into a city-wide gallery where large-scale reproductions of hundreds of well-known artworks – both Western and Iranian – hang randomly along the city’s main arteries.

800 copies of artworks by artists across the world have been put on display on 2000 billboards in Tehran. Some of the billboards are dedicated to pictures of objects of cultural heritage, such as reproductions of traditional Persian miniatures, carpets and calligraphy but other also to paintings of Iranian artists like Jafar Rouhbakhsh.

Two-third of the works are from Iran and the rest have been selected from the world’s major artists, some of which may be famous enough to be recognized by nearly half of the population, such as Van Gogh’s The Starry Night or Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Other international artists included are Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, Austrians Egon Schiele and Joseph Anton Koch, Belgian René Magritte, British Lucian Freud, French Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, Germans Käthe Kollwitz and Caspar David Friedrich and Paul Klee, Italians Leonardo da Vinci (The last supper), Giorgio de Chirico, Japanese Gyokusen (artist name: Gyokkei) and Katsushika Hokusai and Spanish Pablo Picasso.

Related article: The other Iran | Photos compilation: A gallery as big as Tehran

Sources: kojaro.com, IRNA, shahrekhabar.com, Tehran Picture Agency, Payvand Iran News 1, Payvand Iran News 2, Hamshari Photo Agency, Iran Economist, Etemad Online, zibasazi.ir 1, zibasazi.ir 2, zibasazi.ir 3zibasazi.ir 4zibasazi.ir 5zibasazi.ir 6, Tehran Times, sothebys.com

 

Iranian cartoonist wins top award at contest in Luxembourg

The theme of the 9th International Contest of Caricature and Cartoon in Vianden, Luxembourg was “My Home Is My Castle”. A six-member jury selected the three winners and three trophies from 1312 submitted drawings by 504 artists from 33 countries, including caricaturists and cartoonists from Russia, Syria, Turkey, Poland, Portugal, Nicaragua, Peru, many artists from Iran, China, Croatia, Germany, Canada, Cuba, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Ukraine.

Iranian cartoonist Mohammad Habibi has won the first prize, Angel Boligan from Mexico and Klaus Pitter Austria were awarded the second and third prizes. Agim Sulaj from Italy, Raúl Zuleta from Colombia and Zbigniew Kolaczek from Poland received honorable mentions.

The winning works and a selection of entries were displayed at the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon of Vianden. The museum was initiated by Florin Balaban and his wife Sandra. Balaban is a known Luxembourgian political cartoonist.

Sources: Payvand Iran News, Der Trierer (in German),

Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival – Winners (Photos)

The closing ceremony of 34th Fajr International Film Festival was held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall. 150 international guests from 20 countries attended the festival, watched films and participated at different sections of the six day long event.

In the main competition section, “Rams”, a humanist drama by Icelandic director Grimur Hákonarson, won the Golden Simorgh for Best Film and its protagonists, actors Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theódór Júlíusson, shared the Best Actor award. “Frenzy” by Emin Alper from Turkey was awarded the Silver Simorgh for Best Director and Iranian actress Pantea Panahiha won the Best Actress award for her role in “Breath” by Narges Abyar.

Spanish film “Amama: When a tree falls” written and directed by Asier Altuna Iza won the Silver Simorgh for Best Script. “Arvand” by Iranian director Pouria Azarbayjani received the Special Jury Prize. “Seen” by Soheil Amirsharifi from Iran won the Best Short Film award.

In Eastern Vista Kazakh filmmaker Yerlan Nurmukhambetov received the Best Film Trophy for “Walnut Tree”. “Madam Courage” by Algerian director Merzak Allouache won the Best Director award. Iranian documentary “A157” by Behroz Nouranjipour received a Special Mention.

“Zemnaco” by Iranian director Mehdi Ghorbanpour won the Interfaith Award. “Hasti” directed by Kamal Parnak from Iran and “Love Marriage in Kabul” by Australian filmmaker Amin Palangi received a Special Mention Diploma. His film was the winner in the Muhammad Al-Ameen section.

“Dawn” by Latvian director Laila Pakalnina was awarded the Trophy for Best Film and “Figura” directed by Katarzyna Gondek from Poland received the   Trophy for Best Short Film in the Art and Experience category.

The 34th edition of Fajr International Film Festival was held from April 20th to April 25th, 2016 in Tehran’s Charsou Cineplex, under supervision of Iranian filmmaker, Reza Mirkarimi, current Managing Director of Khaneh Cinema, Iran’s Alliance of Motion Picture Associations.

Sources: FIFF 2016, Azad News AgencyBorna News, Fars NewsIRNA, ISCA, ISNAMehr News Agency (MNA) 1MNA 2, Tasnim News Agency, Young Journalists Club

Fajr International Film Festival: Overview (Photos)

A wide range of movies, documentaries and shorts by directors from around the globe were screened this April during the 34th Fajr International Film Festival.

Fifteen featured films competed in the official section, including “Guaraní” by Luis Zorraquín (Argentina, Paraguay), “1944” by Elmo Nüganen (Estonia, Finland), “El Clásico” by Halkawt Mustafa (Iraq, Norway), “Norfolk” by Martin Radich (United Kingdom) and “The Treasure” by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania, France), the winner of the Prix Un Certain Talent prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. (Details: FIFF 2016 | International competition | Featured films)

This section also included eighteen short films from Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Iran, Ireland, Russian Federation, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and Venezuela. (Details: FIFF 2016 | International competition | Short films)

Directors Majid Majidi and Nasser Taqvai from Iran, Chinese filmmaker and producer Tian Zhuangzhuang, Spanish director José Luis Guerín, producers Ivo Felt from Estonia and Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan from Turkey and Canadian writer Emmanuel Prevost were the official competition’s jury members.

Eastern Vista, a segment dedicated to films from Asian and Muslim nations, included “Solomon” by Zaza Khalvashi from Georgia and “My Sister, the Pig Lady” by Jang Moon-il from South Korea. A jury formed by Iranian actress Golab Adine, Afghan filmmaker Sahra Karimi, Indian actor and producer Jaaved Jaaferi, French-Moroccan director Ismael Feroukhi and Italian writer Teresa Cavina selected the winners of Best Asian Film and Best Asian Director from a total of sixteen movies from twelve different countries. (Full list: FIFF 2016 | Eastern Vista)

Directors Andrew Lau from Hong Kong, Alexander Sokurov from Russia and French journalist and critic Jean-Michel Frodon attended the festival. Special Screenings, a section focusing on documentaries, presented Sokurov’s new feature, Francofonia and Jia Zhang-ke by Brazilian director Walter Salles, writtern by Salles and Frodon. (Full list: FIFF 2016 | Special screenings)

Ten films were screened outside competition, including “The Assassin”, a martial arts drama by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien and “Lamb” by American director Ross Partridge. (Full list: FIFF 2016 | Festival of Festivals)

The festival highlighted French cinema, as one of its side section programs, screening “The Fear” by Damian Odoul (2015), “Rabid Dogs” by Eric Hannezo (2015), “The Little Prince” by Mark Osborne (2015), “The Measure of a Man” by Stéphane Brizé (2015), “The Clearstream Affair” by Vincent Garenq (2014) and “Anton Chekhov 1890” Rene Feret (2015).

A restored version of Dariush Mehrjui’s acclaimed 1969 drama “The Cow” was screened along with “The Lover’s Wind” by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse (1978) and “The Country of Lion and Sun: Persia” by Vladimir Erofeev (1935). A photo exhibition with selected scenes of “The Cow” and “The Lover’s Wind” was also held at Charsou Cineplex.

A number of top Iranian cineastes, including Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi , actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, actor Reza Kianian and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Majid Majidi, have held a series of workshops on the sidelines of the festival. Over 100 students from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Iran attended the six-day workshop program entitled “Dar ul-Funun”, the name of the Iranian polytechnic established in 1851.

The 34th edition of Fajr International Film Festival was held from April 20th to April 25th, 2016 in Tehran’s Charsou Cineplex, under supervision of Iranian filmmaker, Reza Mirkarimi, current Managing Director of Khaneh Cinema, Iran’s Alliance of Motion Picture Associations.

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Painting exhibition by Iranian students in Tehran

“Jokal”, a national art festival organized by Tehran University of Art addressed to young artists, was launched at Pardis Mellat Gallery in Tehran.

The members of the jury, veteran Iranian artists Farah Ossouli, Behnam Kamrani, Babak Etminani, Masoumeh Mozaffari and Jamal Arabzadeh, selected 79 out of 1.212 submitted works.

Sources: Financial Tribune, Honar Online 1, Honar Online 2, Honar Online 3 (in Persian)

Iran’s Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts: Exhibition

The 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts displayed at Saba Art and Cultural Institute works by over 200 Iranian and foreign artists coming from different countries including Tunisia, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Cuba and Kyrgyzstan.

The Niavaran Cultural Center hosted a side-section exhibit of calligraphy and miniature works under the title “Fajr and National Art” and a selection of documentaries focusing on different visual arts including painting, sculpture, miniature, pottery and ceramics was screened at the Saba Institute as well as at the cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

A day dedicated to Mexican art, organized in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, included thirty five lithographies by José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), considered the precursor of Mexican folk art, photos by Tina Modotti (1896-1942) that reflect the struggle of the less privileged of the post-Mexican Revolution period and sculptures by Gabriela Rodríguez, fifteen pieces commemorating the International Year of Light, celebration promoted by Mexico at the United Nations.

Short video by PressTV dedicated to this year’s Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts:

Sources: Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MNA 2, IRNA 1, IRNA 2, Honar Online 1, Honar Online 2, Financial Tribune, Tehran Times 1, Tehran Times 2, El Universal (in Spanish)

Photos: Painted eggs across Tehran

Hundreds of Nowruz eggs painted by Iranian artists were placed in five of Tehran’s parks (Mellat, Laleh, Abbas Abad, Park Shahr and Bagh-e Ferdows) during Baharestan, an urban art event to welcome spring as part of the Persian New Year celebrations. Charities have organized a workshop at the Iranian Artists’ Forum where visual artists and 120 children have painted Nowruz eggs.

Painted eggs symbolize fertility and are displayed on the Nowruz table, called Haft-Seen together with various other symbolic objects. In ancient times Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowruz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. Nowadays this Nowruz tradition is common to Iranians of Islamic, Zoroastrian, and other faiths.

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