Flick Harrison on Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:46:35 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Left is wrong on Iran

This discussion has petered out a bit but here's an interesting  
exhibition relating to the pro-government crowd in Iran, photos by a  
curator / artist in Vancouver.

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From: "DADABASE" <noreply@dadabase.ca>
Date: August 10, 2009 10:35:13 AM PDT (CA)
To: flick@flickharrison.com

Friday, August 14, 2009, 8:30 pm

Little Mounain Studios 195 E. 26th Ave
(at Main St.)

Click here for directions


Slide Presentation & Discussion:


Presented by Mohammad Salemy

DADABASE is pleased to announce a slide presentation, followed by a  
discussion, about Mohammad Javad Jahangir's recent exhibitoon on  
DADABASE.CA with the curator of the exhibition, Mohammad Salemy. The  
discussion will focus on the history of the crowd in Iranian politics.

The Invisible Crowd borrows its name from a sign that has inspired the  
work. During one of the early pro Ahmadinejad rallies before the  
recent Iranian presidential elections, Mohammad Java, who was present  
at the scene, noticed a sign in the crowd that poked fun at the lack  
of the global media coverage of large pro Ahmadinejad demonstrations.  
The sign depicted a television containing a still-frame of an empty  
city street with the CNN logo at the bottom. Underneath the television  
set read the words ?We are the invisible crowd for the western media.?

With this series of photographs, Mohammad Javad is attempting to map  
the social and economic makeup of the pro government masses in Iran.  
Ignored by modern secular middle class as uneducated, ignorant and or  
hired bodies, the pro government crowd has been, and continues to be,  
an important part of the political developments in Iran.

Based in Tehran, Mohammad Javad Jahangir is an artist with a  
background in Islamic studies from the seminary. He has studied and  
worked with Iranian artists Abbas Kiarostami, Reza Abedini and Mohsen  
Rastani on several projects. His work has been featured by BBC, Reuter  
and other international news organizations. He graduated fro, Tarbiate  
Moalem University of Tehran in January 2009.

Mohammad Salemy is an artist and curator of the former DADABASE  
Gallery. He is also known for his writing and activism. A graduate of  
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, he is currently a MA student  
at the University of British Columbia. His work has been included in  
solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally. He is currently  
working on a group exhibition for Artspeak Gallery scheduled to open  
on September 11th, 2009 titled Race: Proposals in Truth and  



For more information contact Davood Sardarizadeh at DADABASE


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