AboutRecalling The Future challenges assumptions about 'Iranian' art. As Iranian artists in the 1960s and 70s increasingly combined signi?ers of their local, national identity with formal approaches ?t for the increasing modernity of their environment, this exhibition demonstrates artwork that radically shakes up the basic conception of the country's modern canon.
The artists on display reject notions of 'Iranian-ness' as a ?xed, timeless entity, and investigate the social and historical construction of identity, as well as their contribution to problematic political situations.
The work in Recalling The Future calls for a complete rethinking of modern Iranian art history, and its signi?cance alongside the dramatic social upheavals of the last century experienced by the country.
Working across a variety of media including painting; sculpture; photography; video performance and installation pieces the artists draw attention to the building sites of Iranian national identity, with a focus on the devices and techniques through which seemingly 'traditional' narratives are reproduced and maintained in the present.
In doing so, the artist suggest that it is possible intervene within these processes, and re-route them towards new constructions of one's own making. As such, what is ultimately found in their work is not only a complete re-orientation of our understanding of Iranian (art) history, but also a newly politicised conception of the future.
The exhibition is guest curated by Aras Amiri, Daria Kirsanova, David Hodge, Hamed Youse?, and Rozita Sharafjahan. Alongside the exhibition, there will be several public events including ?lm screenings, artist talks, and a major symposium at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS on February 1, 2014.