Italian gallery identifies ‘manipulated genes’ influencing Iranian new media artists

TEHRAN — Italy’s Weber & Weber Gallery in Turin presented works by Iranian new media artists in an exhibition titled “Manipulated Genes” from March 24 to May 7.

The artistic project is part of a series of three parallel exhibitions in France, Italy and Germany, the organizers announced.

The exhibition was organized in two parts, the first of which was devoted to 26 video art programs by 19 Iranian artists, including Nikzad Arabshahi, Omid Hashemi, Samad Qorbanzadeh, Mehrnush Rushanai, Nastaran Safai, Mandana Moqaddam and Hamed Sahihi.

This part also featured works by Behnam Kamrani, Morteza Ahmadvand, Shirin Abedinirad, Soheil Kheirabadi, Alireza Khosroabadi, Farhideh Shahsavarani, Nima Nikakhlaq, Elmira Abolhassani, Rosita Taheri and Avazeh Almasi.

In the second part, the exhibition presented the works of four photographers, Bijan Sayfuri, Melina Clade, Samad Qorbanzadeh and Alireza Memariani.

Artists have made great efforts in the field of new media arts in Iran and other countries over the past two decades. In addition, many of them have received special awards at important international events.

Curated by Saeid Khavarnejad, the exhibition took into consideration the method and style of Iranian new media arts, unique in their method and form.

After more than two decades of new media productions in Iran, many influential galleries disregard these new productions and view them as untested media or irrelevant to Iranian audiences, the curator said in a statement for the ‘exposure.

“Undoubtedly, this situation is not compatible with the search for independence characteristic of contemporary art”, he noted and added, “Therefore, artists in this medium inevitably introduce their works into short films, animation festivals or contemporary art biennials in other countries.”

The artists’ works arouse a lot of international enthusiasm and Iranian video art has found its form and space in the West and the East.

Weber & Weber distinguished itself from the start of its activity for having dealt with young artists, both national and international, many of whom were holding their first exhibitions.

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