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Teer Art is a private-sector initiative to promote modern and contemporary Iranian art through two simultaneous and sister events: Teer Art fair and Teer Art week. Once a year, Teer Art creates a space connecting local and international galleries, art collectors, industry professionals and visitors of all stripes. From emerging artists to established Modern masters, from urban installations to panel talks, Teer Art offers a complete insight into the exciting and fast-moving world of contemporary Iranian art.
Teer Art fair
Teer Art fair is the first event of its kind to showcase Iran’s most innovative contemporary and modern art galleries, encompassing a very wide range of contemporary art practices. An ambitious programming of events, dinners and talks caters to both the seasoned collector and the first-time enthusiast. 6,000 people visited Teer Art fair’s first edition in June 2018, a number the Teer Art organising team is hard at work to grow through a relevant and far-reaching presentation of Iran’s rich artistic community.
Teer Art week
Teer Art week is a week-long celebration of culture taking place throughout Tehran. Teer Art week features an ambitious gallery program, urban art installations, curated panel talks, studio visits, immersive experiences and much more. A novel initiative in Iran since 2019, Teer Art week offers local and international visitors the chance to discover and learn about contemporary Iranian art practices, interact with local artists and enjoy the city through a curated art route. From 2020 onwards, Teer Art fair and Teer art week will be held concurrently.
Teer Art is the brainchild of Hormoz Hematian, founder of Dastan Gallery and a gallerist with a flair for placing contemporary art in the most improbable locations. Recognising the potential of an art fair and art week in a country known for its rich cultural traditions, Hematian enlisted the support of fellow Assar gallerist Maryam Majd, herself a seasoned veteran of Iran’s contemporary art scene. Together, the team pitched the idea to a handful of Tehrani galleries – the guiding idea of the first round being to assess its practical feasibility. Teer Art fair first edition took place in June 2018, followed a couple months later by Teer Art week. As of 2020, both Teer Art fair and Teer Art week are scheduled to take place simultaneously.
Our team is comprised of individuals who bring a wide range of experiences in fine art, project management, public relations and social media. We are motivated by a shared passion to spread knowledge and appreciation of Iran’s eclectic and vibrant artistic community, to foster a cultural dialogue and to create memorable experiences for all art lovers.
Founder and chief advisor
Hormoz Hematian founded Dastan’s Basement in 2012 to showcase emerging and experimental Iranian art then followed with Dastan+2, dedicated to established artists and Dastan:Outside, a program of curated pop-up exhibitions throughout town. Together, the three initiatives cover the full spectrum of Iranian contemporary and modern art practices. In addition to an extensive local program of shows, pop-ups and eclectic collaborations, the Dastan group of galleries can be regularly sighted at established international venues such as Frieze New York, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Dubai and Contemporary Istanbul.
Maryam Majd is a research curator specialized in modern and contemporary Iranian art and former lecturer at the Tehran University of Art. Co-owner of Assar Art Gallery since 2004, the gallery under Majd’s direction was one of the first in Iran to tackle international art events. In the past fifteen years, Maryam has curated and co-curated numerous retrospectives, solo and group exhibitions and published, contributed to a long list of catalogues and art publications.
With six years’ experience managing a photography gallery, Shahed is closely connected to both Tehran galleries and the national artistic community. A seasoned visitor of international art fairs, Shahed assists our Director and acts as our local brand ambassador, charged with forming and maintaining relationships with galleries and expand our network. She is also a trained painter with an active freelance illustration practice.
With a background in Political Science and fluent in three languages, Tahereh is a Brussels native who moved to Tehran for the first time at age 23 and decided to make it her new home. For several years, she honed her analytical mind and writing skills as a business consultant before taking a role of assistant gallery manager where she developed a love for the art of her adopted country. She brings to the team over ten years of project management, strong communication skills and a wealth of creative insights. In her spare time, Tahereh teaches yoga and is a regular magazine contributor on topics of art and design.
Born and raised in Iran, Niloufar followed her passion for art and film to Paris where she studied Cultural Mediation at the Sorbonne. She then acquired nine years of international experience in sales, marketing, PR and events management in the industries of media, art and entertainment, six of which were spent as sales director at established Dutch film distribution companies. Niloufar has also been part of teams planning programs at the Centre Pompidou and the Venice Art Biennale, and is now the front line public relations person and international affairs at Teer Art.
Born and raised in Tehran and exposed to art from a young age, Leili pursued graphic design studies. After four years of hand-on design experience, Leili spent another three years at the head of her own web design company, then worked in organising and managing a series of high-profile cultural events. A born communicator with an undying enthusiasm for building cultural bridges in her motherland, Leili brings a breath of local knowledge and a strong network of contacts to the Teer Art team. Leili also maintains a personal painting, sculpture and calligraphy practice.
We are regularly on the look-out for talented individuals to add their passion and know-how to the team in our Tehran office. Priority is given to individuals with a degree in art history, management, PR, cultural studies and other related fields of study. An interest for art and a strong command of written and spoken Persian and English are required.
At the time of its major events, Teer Art also opens a number of temporary volunteer positions, professional development opportunities and internships. These positions are ideal for young adults beginning a career in the Arts and seeking valuable experience in their field. Kindly consult this page closer to our events and stay tuned for updates on our social media channels.
Positions for Teer Art week 2019 are available. Interested applicants are invited to call our offices.
A volunteers’ get-together will be organised during the week 15-20 December.
Positions for Teer Art fair 2019 will be made available in May 2019.