The historical city Kashan, located at the edge of the desert three highway hours south of Tehran, has developed over the past years into an impressive new hub of international photography in Iran – whose size and significance remains almost entirely unknown in Germany.
In old historical buildings, no less than three houses for contemporary art have been established: House of Steve in 2019 with iconic photos by Magnum photographer Steve McCurry, the gallery house Hasht Cheshmeh Art Space in a former silk factory as an exhibition space for young art, and then House of Lucie, which opened in spring 2022 with nearly 600 photographs by more than 150 female and male photographers.
The House of Lucie is one of the most important photographic institutions of the southern hemisphere. Currently under development in Kashan despite difficult conditions due to US sanctions are two further museums for contemporary art as well as Persian calligraphy owned by Iranian-British art collector Homa Zarabi, who already donated her art book collection to the city years ago in the form of a public library. All three projects are under the executive of Hassan and Hossein Rowshanbakht.
mohit.art : “With ‘This Is Not a Suitcase’, Khaneye-Ma Art Residency and Baten Art Gallery were the third and fourth venues in Iran to show ‘A Selection of Photo Books from Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2021/22’ – the award was already established around 50 years ago as a tribute to the important role of the medium photo book. The suitcase will continue to travel to Padiav Home, Yazd, and possibly further cities in Iran. mohit.art is honored by the invitation of Hasht Cheshmeh Art Space, Kashan; Emkan Gallery, Tehran; Khaneye_Ma Art Residency, Kerman; Baten Art Gallery, Sirjan; and Padiav Home, Yazd, to present photo books from Germany and Europe in Iran.”
The two Rowshanbakht brothers, born 1991 in Kashan, studied architecture and photography, and have worked since 2017 as temporary lecturers, curators and architecture developers in Kashan and Tehran. In cooperation with mohit.art and Emkan Gallery Teheran, they exhibited a selection from Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2021/22 in Kashan in December, 2021. The exhibition is currently touring further Iranian cities.
Deutscher Fotobuchpreis has existed since 1975 as an annual competition and has been organized by the Stuttgart Media University since 2017. Out of more than 200 submissions from German-language publishing companies and as of recently also projects published by artists themselves, a top-notch jury chooses the best books to award. Since 2011, the award-winning photo books have been displayed as part of a special exhibition at the Cologne Photography Forum.
Dr. Bernd Fechner, photo expert and cultural manager, is the initiator of mohit.art together with Hannah Jacobi. It is a transnational network which creates platforms to show projects of contemporary art from Iran and Germany in addition to neighboring countries in the Middle East and throughout Europe.
This Is Not a Suitcase – A Selection of Photo Books from Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2021/22
presented by mohit.art and Khaneye_Ma Art Residency, Kerman, in cooperation with Baten Art Gallery, Sirjan, and Padiav Home, Yazd.
The exhibition is on display at Padiav Home, Yazd, 24 June – 1 July, 2022 – Address: No. 26, First Alley, Imam Husayni Alley, Hoseyniyan Alley, Imam St., Yazd, Iran.
13 – 26 May, 2022 at Khaneye_Ma Art Residency, Kerman
27 May – 2 June, 2022 at Baten Art Gallery, Sirjan
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