Recalling the Future

18 January 2014

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Post 1979 Iranian revolution artworks by 29 Iranian artists, many exhibiting in the UK for the first time, will be on display at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London from 16 January-22 March 2014.

Recalling The Future challenges assumptions about 'Iranian'art. 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, this exhibition demonstrates artwork that radically shakes up the basic conception of the country’s modern canon. The exhibition features photographers: Mehraneh Atashi, Fereydoun Ave, Mehran Mohajer and Sadegh Tirafkan, and canonical works of Iranian documentary photography by Kaveh Golestan, Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi.

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 in Recalling The Future 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. In doing so, the artists 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 major symposium at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS on 1 February 2014.

Image: Fereydoun Ave, Persian Miniatures 1, 2003، Photography، 18 x 12.5 cm - Courtesy of Janet Rady Fine Arts

OPEN: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00 (Thurs late night opening until 20.00)
CLOSED: Sunday, Monday, and Bank Holidays
T. 020 7898 4046 (recorded information)

Admission is Free. 
Bruneil Gallery, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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