until 17.06. | #3850ARTatBerlin | Crone Berlin shows on 28. April 2023 the exhibition „Simurg. Zehn Künstlerinnen aus Iran“ (<Simurg. Ten female artists from Iran) of the artists Yalda Afsah, Mehraneh Atashi, Ramesch Daha, Nooshin Fahrhid, Parastou Forouhar, Mona Kasra, Anahita Razmi, Neda Saeedi, Farkhondeh Shahroudi and Soheila Sokhanvari.
The exhibition addresses issues of memory, surveillance, identity politics, economic and social changes. It was curated by Başak Şenova, professor of research at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and is inspired by the legend of the Simurgh.
The Simurgh is a magnificent bird endowed with mysterious powers from Persian mythology. He first appears in an epic from the 12th century. It tells the story of thirty birds who undertake a long, arduous journey to find the mighty Simurgh and obtain truth. On their way they have to cross seven valleys – the valleys of desire, love, knowledge, renunciation, unity, amazement and destruction. The flight costs enormous strength and bears unforeseeable dangers. At the end the birds reach the destination, however, they do not find the Simurgh, but only their own reflection in a glittering lake.
The arduous journey to the Simurgh can be seen both as emblematic of the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iranians in the diaspora and of the current situation in Iran itself, which is the result of a long and complex development.
The exhibition therefore deliberately focuses not on striking, flashy images, but on multilayered, subtle works that encompass a broad spectrum of themes and forms, deal with personal or overarching questions of identity, and build bridges between the past and the present. Equally deliberately, curator Başak Şenova foregrounds striking positions and meaningful artistic approaches by Iranian women artists from the diaspora: “Most of them began their journey in Iran; two were born outside the country. All, however, carry with them various forms of the intangible heritage of their origins. Through multiple strands of inquiry, research, and cases, they establish nuanced connections in their works that span generations.”
Thus, on display are works by Yalda Afsah, Parastou Forouhar, Anahita Razmi, Neda Saeedi, Farkhondeh Shahroudi, and Soheila Sokhanvari, all of whom live in Germany, Mona Kasra and Mehraneh Atashi, who are active in the United States, Nooshin Farhid, who has her center of life in United Kingdom, and Ramesch Daha, who is based in Austria.
The approaches and production methods of the ten artists are many and diverse. They work in a wide variety of fields and media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, spatial installation, photography, printmaking, video, and film. What they all have in common, however, is the fact that they are recognised worldwide and their work is continually presented in major international art institutions.
The exhibition Simurgh. Ten Women Artists from Iran. is intended as a modest gesture of solidarity with the women of Iran.
Vernissage: Friday, 28. April 2023, 18:00 until 21:00 Uhr
Exhibition Dates : Friday, 28. April until Saturday, 17. June 2023
Opening hours during Gallery Weekends: Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.To the Gallery
Image Caption : Parastou Forouhar, Parade II, 2014,Series of 4 digital drawings, digital print on Photo Rag, all 46 X 64 cm.
Group Exhibition Simurg. Zehn Künstlerinnen aus Iran – Crone Berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Ausstellungen Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin