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Critics & Criticism: Reflections on Iranian Contemporary Art

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Covers from art magazines Herfe Honarmand (L) and Tandis

Organised by: Iran Heritage Foundation and the British Council

Date: Monday 4th September, 18.30-20.00
Followed by a drinks reception

Venue: British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN


The aim of this panel discussion is to facilitate a critical reflection on the contemporary Iranian art scene and the issues surrounding its criticism. The conversation will include looking at what the challenges are in practising contemporary art in Iran, how it is discussed both inside and outside the country, as well as what the role of art criticism is in contemporary practices in Iran. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

The panellists involved are Helia Darabi (University of Art, Tehran), David Hodge (The Art Academy, London) and Mahan Moalemi (Goldsmiths, London), chaired by Dr Sussan Babaie (Courtauld Institute of Art).


Dr Sussan Babaie teaches at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Her interests include the historiography of the global contemporary and its implications for the arts of Iran and the Middle East.
Helia Darab, PhDi teaches art history and criticism in the University of Art, Tehran. She is also an art critic and has written in various local and international art magazines.
David Hodge, PhD is Head of Art History, Theory and Contextual Studies at The Art Academy, London. His writings have featured in several publications and he also co-curated the exhibition Recalling The Future: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Art, at Brunei Gallery, SOAS in 2014.
Mahan Moalemi is a writer and researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is finishing an MRes in Curatorial/Knowledge. From 2011-2015 he was part of the team of organizers at Kaf, an independent project space in Tehran.

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