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19 02 2013 to 24/3/2013

Unexposed: 40 young female artists that live and create in Iran expose their 70 creations

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70 creations of young artists / at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation presents the special exhibition UNEXPOSED on Tuesday 19th of February 2013, at 19:00. The exhibition is going to host the “unexposed” creations of 40 young female artists that live in Iran.

The curator of the exhibition is Fery Malek–Madani (art historian) and she selected 70 creations of young artists among 400 participants. The three basic criteria of the selection were: the permanent residence of the artists in Iran, their birth date between 1971 and 1991 and the presence of -at least- one personal exhibition at their curriculum vitae.  

The selection had also taken into consideration the freedom of expression and the participating artists show their unique way of creating through their paintings, videos or installations and despite religious conservatism, inequalities in rights and anti-western culture.

The female artists use symbols and parables as secret weapons against the censorship and this restriction allow them to present in various topics, techniques and materials their quest for freedom of speech.  

The curator of the exhibition, Fery Malek–Madani (art historian) notes:

"The Iranian female artists have had many chances to demonstrate their opposition to the ideas that have been promoted by the Revolution, the Islamic Ideology and the violation of their rights. We all agree that the change in Iran will be brought by the women and the youth. Hence, the idea of watching the creations of some of these women can make us witness a potential change. The internationalization of the dispute through art surpasses any prohibitions.

The 40 young Iranian female artists were chosen among 400 candidates whose creations were never exposed before. This also justifies the title of the exhibition: UNEXPOSED.

Personally, I experienced tremendous and vivid moments with every single artist in Teheran and its surroundings, regardless their background, and I strongly believe that Iran while shine again through the black clouds.

The exhibition gives to the young Iranian female artists the opportunity to demonstrate their work in Brussels, Athens and Warsaw and convey their messages."

The exhibition UNEXPOSED has already been presented with great success in Brussels, in November 2012, it was prefaced by the Minister of the French Community of Belgium and it was organized by Art Cantara.

In Athens, the exhibition will be accompanied by parallel events (films, speeches, open conversations) and afterwards it will travel to Warsaw (April-May 2013).

Curator: Fery Malek–Madani

Coordinator: Ε. & Φ. Kypraios

Organization: Art Cantara

A brief chronicle: Contemporary art in Iran by key-dates

First Period
1911: establishment of School of Fine Arts by Kamal-ol-Molk, painter of the Royal Yard -with studies in Europe- who introduced westernized topics and tendencies, including Naturalism. The artists adopted new movements that were born in the West and they turned their back at the traditional Persian painting and miniatures.

Second Period
After the Second World War: the School of Fine Arts in Teheran followed the artistic tendencies that were promoted by the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Expressionism, fauvism and abstract art were developed and the artists -that were influenced by these artistic movements- are considered as the first generation of modern artists in Iran.

During that period, the first official opposition towards the westernization of Iranian Art made its first appearance. A group of artists decided to maintain under the Iranian traditional cultural identity.  

Third Period
1949: The official opening of Apadana Art Gallery took place in Teheran and it was entitled as the first gallery of modern art in Iran.

1958: The first Biennale in Teheran and the establishment of the Faculty of Decorative Arts (graphic design, book illustration) were events of grave importance. In addition, artistic movements such as Cubism, Pop Art and Surrealism made their appearance. Art galleries and museums began to flourish as a result of cooperation between private initiative and public authorities. Modernism reached its apogee.

1978: Official Opening of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Famous pieces of art were purchased by the Empress. The collection that was created by the Museum was the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the Southern Mediterranean. Nevertheless, the collection could not be open to the public because of the Revolution.

Fourth Period
1979: Iranian Revolution. The art was simply forbidden. The art galleries, the Schools of Fine Arts and the Academies were closed. After the long Cultural Revolution, the artistic expression was allowed, but only through references to martial, religious and mystic topics. Since 1988, several new galleries, schools and ateliers were born.

Nowadays in Iran, Art is taught in schools and universities and the students can be male and female. The students are selected by exams.

In Teheran, approximately 100 galleries are open and most of them are run by women.

Editing: Fery Malek-Madani, art historian

Opening: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 19:00

Duration: 19.2-24.3.2013

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Piraeus 206, Tavros, Athens

More information: Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

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