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Things have never been easy for Iran's gallerists and artists, and the recent tightening of US-led economic sanctions has ushered in a new currency crisis, affected an art market already insulated from the rest of the world. Yet the Iranian capital boasts over 200 galleries and a thriving cultural scene, as recently demonstrated by the small but well-presented Teer Art fair (24-30 June). Founded by Hormoz Hematian and directed by Maryam Majd, both gallerists themselves, the fair was the first...
Imagine you are a gallerist preparing to attend an art fair. But almost overnight, the value of the works you plan to sell drops by half. What is a bad dream for some dealers is a reality in Tehran, where 10 dealers gathered over the weekend to participate in the country's first art fair.
Iranian artist Nazgol Ansarinia’s work interrogates everyday objects to forge a dialogue with contemporary life in Iran. Tahereh Sariban speaks with the artist in Tehran about her new video works
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From war zones to the streets of her native Iran, the iconic photographs of photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian tell of the shrouded personal stories of her generation. Tahereh Sariban speaks candidly with Newsha in Tehran
Last month, Tehran’s Mohsen Gallery staged the first group exhibition on Arab art in the country. Tahereh Sariban headed to Tehran to survey the works on show
We head to the Iranian capital to source out some of the top galleries among Tehran’s 179 registered art spaces. Tahereh Sariban reports on 14 of our favourites
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