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Tehran Art Report: Shahram Ebrahimi's Contemporary Primitive Cosmetic Jewelry

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

I have lived in Tehran for many years, and despite the horrid traffic and pollution (which are in fact the first things that new visitors encounter) it remains an intriguing and interesting place. The other day, there we were, an English child psychologist, an Italian language professor and myself, a management consultant, chatting over afternoon tea about art here, child abuse cases, life experiences, world and home politics and the best recipe for this and that. I just felt that the place of my "Viking" friend was truly empty!

We had just come back from visiting a few galleries. One of the galleries, Haft-Samar (No. 25, 5th Street, Kuh-e-Nour Street, Motahari Ave. tel. 88731403), which is in the center of town, had an exhibition of the works of Shahram Ebrahimi, what we considered to be contemporary primitive cosmetic jewelry.

Mr. Ebrahimi, who has been living in Anzalli in the North of Iran with his cooperative and understanding wife and two children for the past two years, has been doing this kind of craft work since just before he got married six years ago. He has held annual exhibitions of his work for the past five years. He was studying physics at university to follow a different career line; yet, half way through, he left university and after trying out a few things settled on doing contemporary cosmetic jewelry.

He mainly uses copper in his work and obtains the stones that he uses in his designs and creations from bazaars as they come his way. There is a rawness and roughness in some of his work which will appeal to many. I found his simpler works more to my taste. He told me that he strives to do bigger and lasting works. He would like to do something for internationally well-known figures and I am sure many of you join me in wishing him luck to achieve his dreams. I have a few pictures to share with you.

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