From Utopianism to Aestheticism

17 Jan 2020

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Fri, 17 Jan
18:00 – 19:30

Bermondsey Project Space

England, United Kingdom


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  • C10 Victoria to Canada Water (Stop F Bermondsey Street)
  • London Bridge - Borough

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The Trajectory of Koorosh Shishegaran’s Artistic Phases: From Utopianism to Aestheticism
Panel discussion in conjunction with
TWO-WAY STREET: Koorosh Shishegaran’s exhibition


The session will explore the route of Koorosh Shishegaran’s artistic phases as a reflection of “paradigm shifts” within the Iranian sociopolitical and cultural domain. In a contextual approach, it will discuss how all of the various processes of his work – his vivid enthusiasm, his essential avant-gardism and revolutionary engagement, and his aestheticism – might be said to confirm his deliberate departure from engaging with social concerns and the idea of art as a means of self-sacrifice, towards a semi-formalism. It will explore these transformations in his art from the 1970s until the present, laying out the broader context for the main body of Shishegaran’s art. 

Hamid Keshmirshekan, Teaching Fellow at the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS Hamid Keshmirshekan was previously Senior Lecturer at the Advanced Research Institute of Art (ARIA), Iranian Academy of Arts (2013-17) and Associate Fellow at the KRC, Faculty of Oriental Studies and History of Art Department at Oxford University (2004-12). His interests are twentieth and twentieth-first century art from the Middle East, with particular attention to the recent developments in art practice and its relation to the context. 

Fereshte Moosavi, is an independent curator and educator based in London. She has a PhD from the Curatorial/Knowledge programme at Goldsmiths University of London. Her thesis entitled Studying Curatorial-Abilities; Environmenting, Improvising, & Inhabiting State of Affairsproposes a set of abilities that has the potential to resituate curatorial thinking and expand practices of curation as creative processes.  Moosavi has worked for over seven years (April 2011-September 2018) as the art director and curator of the MOP Foundation in London and is the founder of Curatorial in Other Words, a research-based project initiated in 2015 in Tehran.


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