The Iran Heritage Foundation
Venetia Porter is in
conversation with Tarlan Rafiee and Yashar Samimi Mofakham, talking about their
work as artists, curators and collectors and the current Iranian art scene.
Parviz Tanavoli is one of the artists they work with and Yashar will discuss
with him his recent book The Virus of Collecting.
Venetia Porter is curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art at
the British Museum and Honorary Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of
Art. The newly published Reflections: contemporary
art of the Middle East and North Africa, with
Natasha Morris and Charles Tripp, will be accompanied by an exhibition at the
British Museum in Spring 2021.
Tarlan Rafiee and Yashar Samimi Mofakham are Iranian artist-curators, and
founders of Bread & Salt Project, a curatorial platform, collection and
archive of Iranian pre-modern, modern and contemporary art. They also run the
KA:V Editions, a contemporary limited-edition publication based in Tehran.
Their most recent curatorial project is The Solace of Lovers which
they curated for the Tyrolean State Museum in Austria.
Parviz Tanavoli is known as ‘The father of modern sculpture in Iran’. A
graduate of the Brera Academy, Milan, he was the head of the Sculpture
department at the University of Tehran until 1979. A highly acclaimed artist,
whose work is found in major public and private collections worldwide, recent
exhibitions include Oh Nightingale at the Art Museum, West
Vancouver (2019), Lions of Iran at the Tehran Museum of
Contemporary Art (2017), and a major retrospective at the Davis Museum, Boston
(2015). As artist and cultural historian he has published widely on his own
work and the crafts of Iran. The Virus of Collecting is
published in Persian with a forthcoming English edition edited by Venetia
Porter. Parviz Tanavoli lives between Tehran and Vancouver