Reports & thoughts from Tehran based art space: parkingallery by its Art Director Amirali Ghasemi ...

Monday, January 23, 2006

About my new collection Coffee shop Ladies

Follow the link & you can see the whole collection here!
Here is my statment for the
Coffee shop Ladies

Documentary photos taken by the artist from Tehran’s most popular cafes (or coffee shops as we call them here in Iran). Coffee shops in Iran are the symbol of social freedom to some degrees due to the absence of a proper public space. It’s a place where both splendidly motivated youngsters & intellectual brains gather, it’s also a meeting place for the journalists as well. The faces of young ladies in these photos are hidden by blank spaces (stickers). By reducing the level of information that each photo can offer to the visitors, the artist has tried to prevent the Media from easily misusing, manipulating or interrupting the image in a mass global scale.
But the connection isn’t lost completely as visitors (users) are let to explore an interactive program based on the photos to know more about these ladies by clicking & listening …

Sunday, January 08, 2006

BIDOUN -- Current Issue

BIDOUN -- Current Issue
Recieved today from Antonia Carver
In its sixth issue, BIDOUN – the arts and culture magazine from the
East – turns its attention to the thorny subject of envy. Taking on
everything from the evil eye in Cairo to class structures in the
international art world, via American universities in the Gulf and fast
in Tehran, the issue is in turns witty, light, serious and polemical,
always highly original.

Artists commissioned for this issue of the magazine include Shirana
Shahbazi, a winner of the Citibank Photography Prize, and Istanbul
Ahmet ?güt and Sener ?zmen, who have designed an unusual colouring book
readers. Our regular travel column peruses the international hotel
scene in
Baghdad; the architecture section looks at the legacy of XL Modernism
in the
Middle East; while the art, film, design, products, fashion and books
sections take in the latest developments in the diverse cultural life
of the
Middle East.

See for a contents list and some