Six young Iranian artists are preparing for a major exhibition of their work
of Art, London, 15- 17th October 2009. A distinguished
international jury, led by Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator at Tate Modern, has
shortlisted each of them for finalists' exhibition of the
Magic of Persia
Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP).
The MOP CAP Finalists are:
Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar
Commenting on the list, Sheena Wagstaff said that it was thrilling to be able
to "give prominence to the remarkable creative energy that infuses contemporary
art by Iranian artists."
Artistic enterprise has long been integral to Iranian society and
Contemporary art has become a vehicle for expression for a number of young
Iranians. Their artistic innovation is a bright light for Iranian culture and
has helped bridge divides with the West. In recognising and showcasing the
strength of these works, the artists will present an image of Iran that speaks
of a deep rooted artistic heritage.
Presented by Magic of Persia, the London based charity, in collaboration with
the London and Tehran- based cultural consultancy Candlestar, the exhibition
will showcase the six finalists of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize
(MOP CAP). This is the first global award to recognise the talent of emerging
Iranian artists. To ensure the highest possible quality of submission, entry was
solely by nomination. Forty seven leading experts drawn from within the Iranian
and international arts communities acted as nominators for the award.
Nominators used their specialist knowledge to identify emerging artists that
represent the diversity and vitality of the contemporary Iranian art scene. They
put forward over 120 artists who, in turn, submitted over 500 artworks across
four categories: Painting, Photography, Sculpture and New Media.
The finalists exhibition will take place at the Royal College of Art in
London from 15-17 October 2009 with the announcement of the MOP CAP winner on
Saturday 17 October 2009.
Before the announcement of the winner, the works of the finalists will be
auctioned by Christie's with half of the proceeds going to the artists and half
to support the artists' residency programme established by Magic of Persia.
Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern, London
Kamran Diba, Architect/Funding Director of Tehran Museum of
Langer, Curator, Museum of Rietberg Zurich
Shirin Neshat, Artist
Peyton-Jones OBE, Director, Serpentine Gallery, London
Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic Art and the Contemporary
Middle East, British Museum
Alireza Sami Azar, Former Director, Tehran Museum of
Parviz Tanavoli, Artist
Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern
Farhad Ahrarnia was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1971. He attended Sheffield Hallam
University, Northern Media School, from 1992 to1997. He works in a wide range of
Media including textile, photography and video. The works submitted consist of a
number of found images from media and cyberspace which are digitally printed
onto cotton aida and are subsequently embroidered upon by using colourful
Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar
Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1977. He is a graduate of
the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran, and has exhibited
internationally since 2006. He draws inspiration for his works from the
political and social issues that surround him. Mahmoud has regularly exhibited
at the Tehran sculpture Biennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the
Bangladesh Biennial and most recently was featured in an exhibition at the
Barbican Centre in London.
Vahid Chamani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1984, where he continues to live and
work. He attended Tehran Fine Arts School and Tehran University, and is an
associate member of the Iranian Painters Society. Vahid's paintings are inspired
by the Iranian cultural instability and the anxiety of Iran's current political
and social climate.
Sahand Hesamiyan was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1977. He studied sculpture at
Tehran University, and has participated in a number of group exhibitions in
Tehran. Sahand creates geometric sculptures, which are inspired by traditional
Iranian arts such as tile working and architecture. He aims for people to see
geometry as sculpture, where in traditional arts, these forms have always been
trapped on the surface.
Abbas Kowsari was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1970. He has worked as a photographer
for over ten leading Iranian newspapers and is currently senior photo editor for
E'temad newspaper in Tehran. His photographs have been published in The New York
Times, Time magazine, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and Colors magazine of Benetton
and several other international publications.
Newsha Tavakolian was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1981 and is a self-taught artist
who began working with the Iranian press as a professional photographer at the
age of 16. Working internationally, Newsha has covered Iraq, Lebanon, Syria,
Saudia Arabia and Pakistan, Yemen, Azerbaijan and India. Her work often focuses
on women's issues and has been published in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le
Figaro, Colors, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Le Monde 2, NRC
Handelsblad and many others. She is a founding member of EVE (Evephotographers)
and received the still photography award from the All Roads Film Project
sponsored by National Geographic in 2006.
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