SOAS University of London

Exhibition on post-revolutionary Iranian art opens in Brunei Gallery this week

15 January 2014

A collection of artwork from 29 Iranian artists, many of who will be exhibiting in the UK for the first time, brings post-1979 Iranian revolution artworks to the heart of London at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London.

Opening this week, ‘Recalling the Future: post-revolutionary art’ runs from 16 January 2014 until 22 March 2014 and aims to challenge assumptions about 'Iranian' art. The exhibition will demonstrates artwork that radically shakes up the basic conception of the country’s modern canon, as Iranian artists in the 1960s and 70s increasingly combined signifiers of their local, national identity with formal approaches fit for the increasing modernity of their environment.

Rana JavadiIran Revolution 1979
© Rana JavadiIran Revolution 1979

The artists on display reject notions of 'Iranian-ness' as a fixed, timeless entity, and investigate the social and historical construction of identity, as well as their contribution to problematic political situations.

The work at this exhibition calls for a complete rethinking of modern Iranian art history, and its significance alongside the dramatic social upheavals of the last century experienced by the country.
Working across a variety of media including painting; sculpture; photography; video performance and installation pieces the artists draw attention to the building sites of Iranian national identity, with a focus on the devices and techniques through which seemingly 'traditional' narratives are reproduced and maintained in the present.

Mehran Mohajerfrom the Tehran Undated series
Mehran Mohajerfrom the Tehran Undated series

In doing so, the artist suggest that it is possible intervene within these processes, and re-route them towards new constructions of one’s own making. As such, what is ultimately found in their work is not only a complete re-orientation of our understanding of Iranian (art) history, but also a newly politicised conception of the future.

The exhibition is guest curated by Aras Amiri, David Hodge, Hamed Yousefi, and Rozita Sharafjahan.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be several public events including film screenings, artist talks, and a major symposium at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS on February 1, 2014.

Reza Abedini, Bijan Akhgar, Nazgol Ansarinia, Mehraneh Atashi, Fereydoun Ave, Navid Azimi, Mahmoud Bakhshi, Masoumeh Bakhtiari, Shahrzad Changalvaei, Homa Delvarai, Parastou Forouhar, Shahab Fotouhi, Farhad Fozouni, Kaveh Golestan, Ghasem Hajizadeh, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Bahman Jalali, Rana Javadi, Katayoun Karami, Aria Kasai, Amir Mobed, Mehran Mohajer, Masoumeh Mozaffari, Iman Raad, Neda Razavipour, Hamed Sahihi, Rozita Sharafjahan, Sadegh Tirafkan

Supported by The London Middle East Institute (LMEI). Visit the webpage for more information.