“In the Midst” vol. 1
Three solo exhibitions of Neda Saeedi, Ali Meer Azimi and Mohammad Hassanzadeh
“In the Midst” vol. 1 is the first of a series of exhibitions that will from now on be held at Argo Factory, simultaneously presenting several solo exhibitions by different artists. From its inception Pejman Foundation has collaborated with young, emerging artists, as well as those who are at the midpoint of their careers. But up to now, it has not had the opportunity to present their works at Argo Factory. The current “In the Midst” will present three solo exhibitions by Neda Saeedi, Ali Meer Azimi and Mohammad Hassanzadeh, each placed in a different space at Argo Factory. These three artists are relatively close to each other in terms of age but they have had entirely different professional experiences. The proximity of the three exhibitions allows the viewer to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their works and thought processes, by being able to compare and contrast their form and content, as well as the variety of used medium and material.///
Two Shades of Green
Neda Saeedi's solo exhibition
The project Two Shades of Green is part of a series of works consisting mainly of multimedia installations that Saeedi has been creating since 2015. Each of her projects and installation works tell a different story; as such, each project develops within its own story-specific context. Nonetheless, the point of departure, the urgency, and the thoughts behind each project go hand in hand with her research and personal experiences and her aesthetic and theoretical investigations. In her artistic practice, Saeedi is a storyteller. Her aim is to narrate “hi-stories” of certain places/spaces through objects, materials, and their spatial arrangements. Saeedi’s works within this long-term project ask and deal with the following core questions: How can the consequences of modernization and industrialization on the environment and society be understood and translated sculpturally and spatially? How can certain experiences be articulated through the perspective of different groups? What words/language should we use? How can “hi-story“ transform and translate into material and form? How can we narrate a story without using the same tools/methodology of the “History narrators”?
Lipstick to the Void
Ali Meer Azimi's solo exhibition
According to Fredric Jameson in “The Aesthetics of Singularity”, “An ontology of the present is a science-fictional operation.” This text was presented alongside Siah Armajani’s designs titled, “Sound Towers No. 5” and Abbas Kiarostami’s movie titled, “First Case, Second Case”. It paved the way for Ali Meer Azimi to think about a specified period of time that we call “at the moment.” A “at the moment” that compared to another form of time, is constantly shaping contemporary geopolitics and is involved with another moment that the artist knows as the moment of impact: “Attention, attention!” “The sound you are hearing is a warning signal or a red siren. It indicates …”
The project he is preparing in Argo Factory is on one hand dealing with various characters of sound, hearing receptors and listening processes, and on the other hand the It proposes approaches to counteract or neutralize them all involved with some form of transparency. As if the moment is a corridor of sound that cannot be imagined without auditory experience.
Oil: Height of Depth
Mohammad Hassanzadeh's solo exhibition
The discovery of oil in the southwestern parts of Iran resulted in an oil-based geography that led to the creation of artificial spaces. These artificial spaces in turn led to the development of small urban settings that had a significant effect on their context and environment, challenging many of the existing conditions of the local people of these oil-based geographies.
The main idea behind this project is rooted in these confrontations and transformations in Iran’s southwest: historic/geographic configurations that have remained within human and natural environments that forcefully resisted change, and where traces of this resistance appear in different areas like unhealed wounds. This art project reveals what could be considered the intersection of art, science, and technological advancements.