Ali Akbar Farzadi, Fariba Farghadani, Minoo Iranpour Mobarakeh, Mahroo Movahedi, Ramesch Daha
24/09 – 29/09/2019
curated by Sibylle Omlin
An additional program accompanied the exhibition: Thursday, 06/06/2019, 7 pm
Reading: Nava Ebrahimi, author from Graz with Iranian roots, reads from her book, „Sechzehn Wörter“ (2017), in which she presents a narrative of 16 terms that play a role in Iranian everyday life.
Thursday, 27/06/2019, 7 pm
Expert Talk: Art historian and co-founder of philomena+ Negar Hakim talks about contemporary architecture and buildings in her birthplace Isfahan. Picnic with Iranian food in the front garden of philomena+.
The exhibition “How is life?Chetori? چطوری؟” aimes to explore the area of conflict between artists living in Iran and emigrating from Iran. Based on the selected artists from Iran, an art scene, mainly from Isfahan, will be presented. We will ask about the working condition for artists, important topics and which artistic narrations they need. Isfahan – Iran’s third largest city with about 2 million inhabitants – has a small art scene, an art school and a museum of contemporary art. In addition, an active gallery scene endeavors to provide better remuneration and exchange among the artists.
Ali Akbar Farzadi and Fariba Farghadani paint everyday scenes and symbols – the act of taking off the shoes in front of the house or the red cult car, the Méhari. In her poetic short films, Minoo Iranpour Mobarakeh describes the not always easy encounter between man and woman and, above all, reflects on the position of women in Iranian society. Mahroo Movahedi, born in Isfahan, lives in Switzerland, is researching in a long-term project on the Zayanderud, the river running through Isfahan, which is dry every two or three months due to diversions and congestion projects. Ramesch Daha, who emigrated to Vienna with her family, knows Iran as part of her family history. She does large-scale artistic research projects on historical and current events in Tehran.