A Heritage Transposed is the title of Berlin free space gallery Box Freiraum’s current exhibition, a group show of both Iranian and non-Iranian artists with a common interest in Iran but whose work reflects and comments on the country in different ways.
Curated by Anahita von Plotho, the exhibition examines both Iran’s cultural heritage and its tumultuous history, referencing events such as the Islamic Revolution, the Iraq-Iran war, and, more recently, its opening up towards the West and the emancipation of women. Some artists confront political controversy head on, and indeed are so openly critical of Iranian politics that they are unable to return. Others dwell on nostalgic childhood memories of the country.
The show mixes young artists, some still studying in Berlin, with internationally renowned names, working in a variety of media from paintings, sculptures and drawings, to installations and videos. They include Shiva Ahmadi, Shoja Azari, Wim Delvoye, Azin Feizabadi, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Anahita Razmi, Neda Saeedi, Ingeborg zu Schleswig-Holstein, Setareh Shahbazi and Robert Wilson.
On 2 February, Box Freiraum will host a discussion on Art In Iran And The Diaspora, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut as part of their three-month cultural programme, Iranian Modernity.
A Heritage Transposed runs at Box Freiraum in Berlin until 25 February. box-freiraum.berlin