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Lion under the Rainbow

Contemporary Art from Tehran. Exhibition in Athens, Greece, curated by the artist Alexandros Georgiou.
Jun 2008

Lion under the Rainbow is an exhibition of artworks by Iranian artists who live and work in Tehran, curated by the artist Alexandros Georgiou. The idea for this show arose in 2005, during an art project that took him across Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, travelling by train and bus. Of the four and a half months of this journey, he spent half of the time in Iran, mainly in Tehran, where, as he writes, he could dismantle the distorted ideas about the country he had from the media, falling in love with the refinement and sophistication of the Iranians he met.

With this exhibition in mind, he returned to Tehran in the summer of 2007 to research contemporary art production, starting off at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where he was granted access to the archives. He spent six weeks visiting four to five studios daily to see works by artists he had chosen from the museum archives. And they introduced him to other interesting artist friends.

The final selection includes 19 artists from different generations working in different media.
Their works reveal a "sensitivity and mental freedom expressed in refined manners and, frequently, a sharp sense of humour." Their approaches "go beyond realism and carry a fantastical element bringing forward an unexpectedly different perspective."
The title,

Lion under the Rainbow, is borrowed from a painting by Vahid Sharifan. Simultaneously poetic and political, it is meant as a challenge to what many people expect to see and hear when Iran is mentioned. In his statement, Alexandros Georgiou points out that the selection of the works is personal, hoping that "when seen together, they offer a vision of truth, courage and hope."

The exhibition is organized by D.ART as a parallel event of ART ATHINA 2008.

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24 image pages
>> Website of the exhibition
With statements by the artists in English, Farsi, and Greek.

Lion under the Rainbow

22 May - 22 June 2008

48-50 Aiolou Street
4th & 5th floors
Athens, Greece

Alexandros Georgiou

Reza Abedini
Shokoufeh Alidousti
Mahmoud Bakhshi-Moakhar
Reza Bangiz
Ali Chitsaz
Farshad Fozouni
Amirali Ghasemi
Bahman Jalali
Rana Javadi
Katayoun Karami
Ali Hossein Khan
Mehran Mohajer
Majid Ma'soumi Rad
Neda Razavipour
Mamali Shafahi & Behrouz Raei
Rozita Sharaf Jahan
Vahid Sharifian
Jinoos Taghizadeh

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