"The Promise of Loss: A Contemporary Index of Iran" Exhibition

Arario Gallery

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Arario New York in collaboration with Galerie Hilger Vienna presents "The Promise of Loss: A Contemporary Index of Iran," an exhibition curated by Shaheen Merali. An exhibition of works created by young Iranian artists, the show aims to provide a glimpse into the contemporary art world and culture of Iran, uniting both internationally established artists with new and emerging talents to engage in a multifarious challenge to conventional perceptions of the country through the works of over a dozen artists living in and out of Iran.

The exhibition has traveled to New York from BrotKunsthalle in Vienna where it was shown for the first time based on the extensive knowledge and research of the renowned curator Shaheen Merali. Speaking about the show, Merali explains:

"The exhibition is a consolidation of many dashed hopes, a desire to build a shrine as well as to plant trees in the campus condemned to destruction. The artists enable both a reading of the situation and encouragement to cross the distance where the bitterness of loss reigns within the national moral. The Promise of Loss is organized to mine the huge ground of Iran. The connection of expertise to experience, the rhythm of its measures and the constancy of the artistic gaze into its shadows has made listening to the artists’ renditions more urgent."

[Image: Abbas Kowsari "Women Police Academy #12" (2008) C-print on Kodak Endura Metallic paper, 105 x 70 cm]



from January 14, 2010 to February 27, 2010
Artist’s Talk: January 16, 3pm. Samira Abbassy, Asgar/Gabriel, Babak Golkar will be accompanied by Layla Diba, Independent Curator of Islamic Art and moderated by Hrag Vartanian, art writer and editor of Hyperallergic, discuss their practice in and out of

Opening Reception on 2010-01-14 from 18:00 to 20:00

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