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Tehran's Election Time Art Report (II)

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


Life here in Tehran has been anything but normal in the past few weeks. But despite all the surprises and excitement of the recent elections, many events went on as normal in town including many art exhibitions. In my second art report from that week, I shall share another exhibition that I visited.



On the Friday afternoons many people, after returning from luncheons or before going for afternoon tea or later just before they go somewhere for the evening, visit one of the many galleries in town that hold their openings on Friday afternoons. Another place I visited recently was Elahe Gallery (Telephone 205-4128) where a new group called Halgheh meaning Ring or Circle was exhibiting their paintings. The group is made of four young lady artists: Sanaz Alavi, Azadeh Sherkat, Leila Sanaie-Pour and Elahm Bayati.



The group had chosen poems by the well known Iranian poet Forugh Faroukhzad as their theme for this exhibition.



I found the works very different from each other which made the exhibition rather interesting.  I thought the works of Ms Sherkat had most of all in keeping with the spirit of the exhibition.  I enjoyed the other works too; in particular I liked the gentleness of the work of Ms Sanaz Alavi.  This was the second exhibition of Sanaz that I have been to. The previous one was last year at the Golestan Gallery and I liked her works there too.  Although I must admit her work has matured to a degree, I did not observe such a big change. I felt that the other ladies works and images seemed either too bright or too dark and I wasn't able to relate to them individually with regard to the theme of the exhibition, even though they were mostly of and about women.


Here I am sharing samples of the works of Sanaz Alavi for the sensitivity which they portray, which has touched me before, and the works of Azadeh Sherkat which I found related best to the poetry, and those of the other two ladies for their intense use of colors in their works.




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