In this session Elham Puriya Mehr explores the formation of alternative art spaces in Tehran during 1970s. While elaborating on the cultural policies of the time, which supported sophisticated art to be represented in prestigious museums and galleries, Puriya Mehr reflects on the importance of artist-run and non-profit spaces. Role of the artists such as Koorosh Shishegaran in acknowledging the common space as the site of representation and recognising public as co-producers of their works will be contextualised further in the discussion.
Elham Puria Mehr is an independent artist, curator and lecturer. She received her BA and MA from the Tehran University of Art, and her Ph.D in Art Research (Cultural Discourse of Curating in Contemporary Art of Iran) from Alzahra University in Tehran. Her research focuses on curatorial knowledge in social contexts. She has worked as a university teacher and writer over the past twelve years, as well as having curated exhibitions and curatorial projects in West Asia and Europe. Elham has lectured at international conferences, symposiums, and talks in Tehran, Singapore, Amsterdam, and Vienna. She is co-founder of “to elaborate; discenter for curatorial projects”, a non-profit nomadic platform based in Vancouver.