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Exhibition : Tehran, Virtual and Real - In Memory of "Mehdi Sahabi"

Mehdi Sahabi (1943-2009): A Translator and an Artist

artwork by Peyman Shafizadeh

Opening at Aaran Gallery, Tehran on 29th January 2010.
Curated by Nazila Noebashari.

Excerpts: In Praise of Small Entrenchments
By an anonymous writer published on 17th January 2010 on the World Wide Web.

I am incapable of registering what I am witnessing these days. My city and I are intertwined.

It is a city that is fighting; and as much as the government crackdown is now widespread, so is the people's struggle.

artwork by Amir Mousavi

Close to the hours of demonstrations, all mobile phones are disconnected, and all SMS messages are barred. It is a misery to try to find out the news. Despite all that, the progressive Greens are present everywhere and the entrenchments are alive. 

It is due to this large-scale support that once the people decide, the city suddenly changes. In the distance, two streets away, the traffic changes to a demonstration by cars. One notices the twinkle in the eye of the man in the next car as well as his fingers rising with the Victory sign...... There are cars everywhere and they are honking, as if the city is howling, and in the next corner, all becomes silent. There is a common understanding and a common sense that the city does not want any broken glasses, or any innocent injured bodies......

artwork by Arash Faez - Tehran University gates

The city, these days is full of small entrenchments. They are alive with poetry, proverbs and with urban Satire. The entrenchments are deriving strength from memories, and they are solid because of the indestructible human spirit and networks.

The progressive Greens with empty hands try to reconcile the others, to make them companions of the same path; and the hands of the enemy, are heavy with Kalashnikovs. It is an enemy that is paying a high cost. 

artwork by Peyman Shafizadeh

It is the enemy who is also a fellow citizen, who speaks the same language, who is a brother, a cousin, a neighbor. Even beyond the walls of the prison, the enemy that is so imaginary, and in reality an Iranian.

The Greens that I know are advocating that our
"Victory Is Not the Defeat of the Other"...

And that in the layers of Hate and Fear that the state TV is propagating, the Greens are constantly distributing the Joys of "The Day Of the Victory".

They are showing The Other how to co-exist, and how to share the delight of being on the same path, existing in the same story, as the citizens of the same city....

artwork by Nasim Pirhadi

PDF of Catalogue of the Show

AAran Art Gallery
No 12 Dey street. North Kheradmand ave., Tehran
Tel +9821 88829086- 9

artwork by Ali Chitsaz

artwork by Amir Mobed
Har Dam Azin Bagh Goli Miresad

artwork by Hamed Farhangi

artwork by Hamed Farhangi

artwork by Marzi Mirbagheri

artwork by Marzi Mirbagheri

artwork by Mehrdad Abotorabi

artwork by Nasim Pirhadi

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