Paris-ALSharqiya, October 24: Paris will host an exhibition on contemporary Iranian art that will continue until Sunday, highlighting its most prominent female faces, but in the absence of those who live in their country, due to their inability to obtain entry visas to France.
Iran has been allocated eight of the forty pavilions within "Asia Now", for being the guest of honor at this Asian edition of the "International Exhibition of Contemporary Art" in Paris.
One of these artists, photographer and videographer, Tamaneh Monzafi, 33, who is in Tehran, said in a telephone interview with Agence France-Presse from Paris, "In Iran there are many female artists, but they do not often travel abroad, because The cost is high."
Previously, in Los Angeles, Rome and Paris, images of Monzafi working with her cameras have been shown in Baluchistan, southeast Iran.
As for Amir Etemad, who left Iran as a child for France and returned to it in 2002, and since then runs one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in Tehran, he noticed that the “Covid-19” pandemic is slowing things down, explaining that “the artists did not obtain visas.”
He recalled that the number of exhibitions in 2002 "was limited to four or five", but today "there are more than a hundred, some of which operate at the international level, and people meet in them every Friday." He explained that the proliferation of exhibitions began "in 2006-2007, when major auction houses, including (Christie's), (Sotheby's) and (Bonhams) set up centers in Dubai, in the neighboring United Arab Emirates, and came to Iran in pursuit of works of art.
Etemad, who has been in Paris for the past few days, displays the works of four female artists, including painter Mimi Amini, "away from the clichés of chador, calligraphy, or historical miniatures."
The curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Odile Borloreau, highlights a video artwork included in the exhibition for about 12 Iranian young women about the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad (1934-1967), entitled “Do not put the lock of silence on my lips, for in my heart there is an untold story”, from A poem for the late.
As for Tahamna Monzafi, she examined her from the exhibition a work in which she portrayed a "dancer, musician, singer and actress" amid the ruins, in a "poetic vision that expresses their art among the ruins, as are the feelings that they had to restrain," according to her.
Also on display are works by its compatriots Atosa Panda Ghathabadi, Nagar Behbehani, Samira Iskandarfar, Presa Qadri, Tala Madani, Elika Hedayat, Anahita Hekmat, Shiva Khosravi, Malika Shafai and Rojeen Shafiei, who were born after the 1979 Islamic revolution, most of whom are in their thirties "They move between Europe and Iran," Borloro told AFP.
She saw that their works contain a "deep attachment and nostalgia for Iran," as if "a personal story in which committed struggle gives way to an intimate and dual universe in which they live: the public space and the inner space."
"We are often portrayed as subservient women, but in reality we have a family upbringing that is a world away from this subservience," one of them, Malika Chafai, 37, who has lived in Paris since 2012, told AFP. Seven thousand years.
Her video, Self-Portrait, deals with the theme of "Seduction: Listening, Eating, Looking, and Touching".
"I used to resort to a trick to photograph veiled women (...), and today I see that some Western women live a difficult life, without the protection of the family or a man. My view of Iranian women is changing, and I understand their depth," Shafahi said.
As for Amir Hussein Brothers, who grew up in the United States and holds both Iranian and American citizenships, and came from Tehran to display his works in "Gallery 41", he was pleased to show the works of his compatriots in Paris.
In Amir Hussein's colorful paintings, great Western painters converse with the symbols of the Iranian regime. Among them is a large-sized portrait of a woman he named "Zanan". "She runs a feminist magazine, she was imprisoned, and she continued her work...She is a hero," he said, preferring to remain anonymous.
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