What if Not Exotic? Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art is a group exhibition of artworks from 23 Iranian artists. This exhibition is an attempt to present a realistic image of contemporary Iranian art— as an alternative to the common Neo-Orientalist representations of the “Middle Eastern” art in general and Iranian art in particular— in Western art markets.
Lena Spath was born and grown up in Germany and currently resides in Spain. She became acquainted with Iranian interiors during her Middle Eastern Studies exchange in Tehran. She was instantly drawn to the deep heritage and architectural mastery of the buildings that surrounded her. The contrast between grandeur and simplicity along with the natural materials, earthy colors and elaborate designs led her to decide to visit Iran in 2017.
Mohammad Hossein EMAD was born in 1957 in Arak, Iran. He is one of the dominant figures among Iranian sculptors. Emad stunningly materializes his abstract vision and transfer that to unique sculptures.
Kameliya Afshari has been studying music in a conservatoire setting since the age of 6. She began at the small music school in her neighborhood, quickly deciding that singing would be her only instrument, after managing to mangle Gentil Coquelicot on the violin.
Born in 1983, in Long Island, New York, Michelle Sakhai's extensive world travels began at an early age and her mixed heritage have shaped her as an artist. With both Persian and Japanese roots, her art derives influences from both cultures. She grew up traveling to Japan to visit her family every summer for twenty years. In Japan, Sakhai was inspired by the culture and scenery of her grandparent’s hometown, Kashiwazaki, a tiny village by the sea, surrounded by vast mountains. This special place left an indelible impression that still feeds her imagination. Sakhai’s creative perception and talent were also nurtured by her Persian culture. The exposure to both traditions in her young life has impacted her artistic vision.
Chloe Pourmorady is a Persian-American violinist, vocalist, and composer best known for her wide range of musical expression spanning from western to modal music. A creative chameleon, Chloe writes pieces that are innovative and captivating to global audiences; no one piece resembles the last.