Topical yet misunderstood, Iran has long been under the watchful eye of the media for its ongoing political unrest – thus people are led to think it is a place devoid of artistic expression. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Opera Gallery London will be hosting an exhibition entitled Peace From the Bottom of My Art unveiling a side of Iran we don’t get to see – one with a deep-rooted art culture.
Opening on the 25th April, the exhibition will boast 40 contemporary and internationally renowned Middle Eastern artists. Highlights include artwork from Farsad Labbauf whose work is in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery and Disney foundation to Koorosh Shishegatan who is key to the contemporary Iranian art movement and is known for his life-life three dimensional work. Internationally renowned sculptor Tanavoli whose works have been displayed in iconic cultural buildings such as The British Museum and across the pond at New York Metropolitan Museum will also be represented.
Each artist expresses their inner feelings towards the world and the environment they are living in, offering their interpretation of the central theme of peace through a wide range of mediums from photography and sculptures to film and installations.
by Roxy Mirshahi
Peace From the Bottom of My Art is Opera Gallery London, 134 New Bond Street, W1S 2TF
From April 25 – May 9, 2013. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10am – 7pm. Sun: 1pm – 7pm