VIDEOS TEHRAN /MONTREAL: I am a Stone, my name is river*
TEHRAN: Friday, April 12th, 2019 Tehran – 7 PM
MONTREAL: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 – 7 PM
Artists: Nikki Forrest, Pierre Hebert, Nelson Henricks, Nebras Hoveizavi, Olivia McGilchrist, Siavash Naghshbandi, Mehdi Shiri and Simin Yaghoubi.
Curator: Bahar Taheri
New Media projects will host a video night “I am a stone, My name is River”, curated by Montreal-based artist/curator Bahar Taheri in collaboration with Centre des arts actuels Skol and Parking Video Library.
Through the Démart-Mtl’s grant from Montreal Arts Council, Bahar Taheri collaborated with Centre des arts actuels Skol. As a part of this program, they planned a video exchange between Iran and Canada. she chose the theme of ”transformation” and finally, 4 artists from each country were chosen with 9 artworks which will be screened in Montreal and Tehran. A text written by Hanieh Ziaei will also be presented on the screening day.
*The title is taken from the video Still Life, Mehdi Shiri, 2015.
About the Curator
Bahar Taheri is an Iranian visual artist; she was born in Tehran in 1980. Currently, she is based in Montreal. Though principally a painter, she has also produced artistic videos, mixed-media installations, and performances throughout her career. Thus far, she has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Iran, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Most recently, in 2018, her work was at the Centre des arts actuels Skol (Montreal, QC). Apart from her professional experience as an artist, painting teacher and curator, she has also participated as an artist-in-residence at the Salzburg Art Residency in Austria (2012) and at the Münster FAK Project in Germany (2013). She received a BFA (2005) and an MFA in painting (2009) from Tehran’s Sooreh Art University. Since her arrival in Canada, she has also undertaken a variety of additional training in order to perfect and expand her professional knowledge, including courses on engraving, lithography and 20th Century Art History given at Atelier Circulaire, UQAM and Concordia University. In 2018, she was awarded two grants: Alliance-artiste in Visual Arts awarded by Montreal Intercultural Arts (MAI) and Démart-Mtl awarded by the Montreal Arts Council (CAM). Her works are in the collection Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran and also several private collections.
About Centre des arts actuels Skol Montréal
In operation since 1984, Skol is an artist-run center that supports emerging art and experimentation in the visual arts. Skol invites artists and other art professionals (curators, historians, art educators, etc.) to engage with the center as a physical and critical space to produce live experience. Using an indeterminate approach, (that is, one that does not aim for a particular result but that presents the outcome of a research project), the artist-producer, researcher, organizer, thinker… is encouraged to take risks with the center’s usership and produce new knowledge that contributes to the ongoing pursuit of artistic practice.
No. 3, Araabi 3 Alley, Kheradmand-e Shomali St., Karimkhan Ave., Tehran
*The title is taken from the video “Still Life” by Mehdi Shiri, 2015.
Image: Stillframe from “Coming Soon in Cinema” by Siavash Naghshbandi, 2016.