[ARENA] Fwd: Biennial Tehran CALL FOR ART 'Urban Jealousie'

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> Biennial Tehran CALL FOR ART 'Urban Jealousie'
> 'Urban Jealousie'
> Biennial Tehran
> Phone:
> Fax:
> Contact: Amirali Ghasemi and Serhat Koksal
> biennialtehran  gmail.com
> www.biennialtehran.com
> 1st station:
> Istanbul, 30th May - 6th July 2008
> Curated by Amirali Ghasemi and Serhat Koksal
> Urban Jealousy
> the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran
> 30th May - 6th July 2008
> Curated by Serhat koksal and Amirali Ghasemi
> Deadline: Monday 21st of April
> you can find text and application form ;
> www.biennialtehran.com
> The theme of this biennial is URBAN JEALOUSY. A Jalousie *  
> ("jealousy" in French) is a window that one can see through but not  
> be seen; barriers that allow us to observe the world without being  
> invited to the table. Iranian artists are given an understanding of  
> what goes on in the world without being offered a single  
> opportunity to communicate their thoughts-outside of our very own  
> jalousie window: a rigid ethnic frame within an extremely  
> politicized context.
> Of all the huge urban areas around the world, Tehran stands out as  
> a different kind of Megalopolis. It boasts one of the most dynamic  
> art scenes in the Middle East even as the city itself deals with a  
> rudimentary public transport system, an exploding population  
> crisis, and an ever-increasing sprawl of mass housing; An unsightly  
> city of experimental architecture that swallows entire villages and  
> towns without offering them any sort of public services.
> Despite its complicated urban situation-which according to experts  
> has already spiraled out of control-artists" societies in Tehran  
> continue to hold numerous biennials in semi-tribal fashion. A great  
> number of these events are government-sponsored projects whose  
> outlook and also their premises can shift 180 degrees from one year  
> to the next. Each community has its own set of ceremonies, as a  
> result of which, any sense of solidarity among the artists is lost.
> The Tehran Visual Arts Festival, The Calligraphy Biennial, The  
> Sculpture Biennial, The Cartoon Biennial, The Painting Biennial of  
> the Islamic World, The Graphic Design Biennial, The Children"s  
> Books Illustration Biennial, The Painting Biennial, The Poster  
> Biennial, The Poster Biennial of the Islamic World… the list is  
> endless.
> Although the legendary "TEHRAN BIENNIAL" goes back 50 years, not a  
> single one of the above-mentioned events can be considered a  
> biennial by prevailing and accepted international standards".  An  
> arts society recently published a call to boycott the upcoming  
> Painting Biennial in order to demand a professionally curated  
> exhibition, protesting the open call process and a "jury" they  
> deemed unacceptable.
> It seems impossible to have a proper Tehran biennial in Tehran, so  
> our sprawling city and its elitist art scene remain excluded from  
> the highly competitive art market in the region despite being  
> surrounded from all sides by lucrative biennials and auctions. We  
> may have great artists living and working in Iran, but we don"t  
> have a chance to share the profits.
> Tehran, as one may suppose, does not seem interested in presenting  
> itself as a desirable destination for cultural tourism, by playing  
> it "cool" like other global cities, or scramble to be hip by  
> coughing up the membership dues to be in the international art market.
> So, to jumpstart the process, and after a long discussion with my  
> friend, Serhat Koksal - a critic of the global biennialization  
> process - we decided to curate a "mini", on the move, Tehran  
> biennial. To not only stop complaining about the current situation  
> but to benefit from the advantages of it. An independent, low-  
> budget, traveling exhibition which can be presented almost  
> anywhere. We will travel like nomads, carrying artwork, objects,  
> texts, and whatever, in a package no bigger than a medium-sized  
> suitcase, preferably weighing less than 20 Kg., so it can be  
> carried on any cheap flight.
> Urban Jealousy will end its journey in May 2010,but Tehran"s  
> Roaming Biennial will carry on.Feb 2008

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