LOST IN NO SPACE
curated by Amirali Ghassemi (IR)



Behrang Samadzadegan, Behnam Kamrani, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Negar Tahsili, Raha Faridi, Mohammad Reza Heydari, Ehsan Behmanesh, and Azin Feizabadi.

Video as a medium has been recognized as both an elevator and an escape route for the new generation of Iranian artists since the beginning. As they started their anxious, immature experiments; video became a popular medium although the lack of education and the big cultural gap beside the availability, transferability and ease of use made this journey quiet fragile, expect the few “successful” established artists who emphasize on the exotic face of their country of origin made them able to jump on the “train”, the rest are producing boring materials for the weak small scaled but good looking elitist! Art scene. But on the other hand there are others who are not well known, not board On the train, not famous but still eager to make a kind of art which is not only for export , not aimed at the cul-de-sac of Euro-American market. Most of these videos are chosen from parkingallery archive with no specific point of view or resemblance but the fact of being unseen and interesting.



Artist(s): Azin Feizabadi
Title: Golha (Flowers)
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2005

It is about beauty – it is about flowers
This project is dealing with the word "beauty", the kind of beauty you can find in traditional, oriental and visual language and its mythology. It can also be perceived as a modern kitsch. This visual language exists as an Instrument of political or religious propaganda. The "beauty" in the "Golha" project can only appear in a dialogue with the viewers, the artist himself and the context which the work is going to be shown.
Artist(s): Ehsan Behmanesh
Title: Instead of life
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2004

A documentary video based on interviews about depression and footages from “Depression cat walk” backstage in parkingalley, which has been shown in Azad art gallery, Tehran as a part of “deep depression” in 2004. the video beside …..
Artist(s): Behrang Samadzadegan
Title: Open Seas
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2006

Open Seas is originally produced to participate in the 5th Gyumri biennial (2006 Armenia), with the theme of "Sea: Dreams & illusions". In fact, as an artist from middle-east it was my imagination about a geopolitical concept: Open Sea. An area which is full of oil sites, foreign soldiers and environmental pollutions. An open gate which brings war, death and division to its local citizens as everlasting gifts.

Artist(s): Raha Faridi
Title: A tooth in decay
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2004

Raha Faridi, describes this experimental video more like a self-therapy film, herself.
Artist(s): Amirali Mohebbinejad
Title: Shimmery, Smoky, Scummy
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2006

About Four min- Three episode- Two moods –One concept – Zero side effect

Episode one (Name, Time, Sound)
Shimmery, 1:06, Let's fade Together (Frantz Ferdinand)
Episode two (Name, Time, Sound)
Smoky, 2:03, Circle, Square, triangle (Amirali)
Episode Three (Name, Time, Sound)
Scummy, 1:03, when the sun goes down (Arctic Monkeys)
Artist(s): Mohammad Reza Heydari
Title: 2 minutes watching moon around
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2005

This is the 1st part of a trilogy called “around, inside & backside” The father & the son kill each other in different scenes for an unrevealed reason.
Artist(s): Negar Tahsili
Title: of one essence
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2005

A famous poem of “Saadi”, Iranian poet, focuses on the kindship of all humans. The same poem is used to grace the entrance hall of nations of the UN building in New York with this call for breaking all barriers: “Of one essence is human race, truly has creation put the base; one limb impacted is sufficient, for all others to feel the Mace.”
Artist(s): Behnam Kamrani
Title: Clothes for Gabriel
Country of production: Iran
Year of Production: 2005

Text: Cloth is engaged with a long history in Iranian culture. Mystic clothes were used as means of showing power. They had many symbolic meanings, that might have been changed through different eras. "Putting on" (Eltebas) is a philosophical term that is used by the great Sufi, Roozbehan, which indicates a process through which invisible turns into visible. In this video, cloth is a site of spirituality; such a situation refers to the transcendent and the descendent of Gabriel, the angel. Spirituality is put into image by the transparency of the cloth and the slow motion of it, while on the other hand the cloth in the picture connotes to an imagination of the body.