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Impressions from Iran

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“A mountain never meets a mountain, but a man meets a man.” This ancient Persian proverb is among the oldest and most widely spread. What is meant is, among other things, the situation when friends who live far away from each other come together at a third location. “A mountain never meets a mountain” is curated by Gérard A. Goodrow. From paintings, drawings, and photos to objects and installations, he presents a broad range of media. The six participating artists – Mahssa Askari, Bahar Batvand, Gila Abutalebi, Linda Nadji, Reza Nadji, and Pari Moradi were born between 1971 and 1980. They represent a young to mid generation of contemporary German artists with migration backgrounds.

Reza Nadji (*1978 in Teheran, lives in Berlin) was 29 years old when he first visited the homeland of his parents – and returned with an impressive portrait of a city rife with contradictions. In Teheran, he encountered a blatant discrepancy between the Islamic lifestyle dictated by the state and the lifestyle of the “real world”. For the most part, Nadji avoids depicting people in his photos, especially at places, where one would normally expect to see them – in doing so, he causes the viewer to reflect upon the situation of the Iranian people.

Please find more information at Michael Horbach Stiftung

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