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The inaugural edition of Teer Art week 2019 took place 4-11 January 2019 in locations throughout Tehran. 

From gallery openings to art works placed in public places to a week-long series of talks, the first Teer Art program brought together participating galleries, curators, artists and the general public to create opportunities for dialogue and cross-references between art and everyday life. 

This effort was possible through the collaboration of galleries, art spaces and Iran’s community of art practitioners. 


Gallery applications to Teer Art week 2019 closed on 6 November 2018.


Curatorial projects

Teer Art week 2019 curatorial projects focused on art and the city. Iranian curators were invited to work in collaboration with an artist of their choice to exhibit artworks in non-gallery spaces that told a facet of Tehran’s history. From book bazaars to alleyways, from museum doorsteps to car garages, the locations below cast a new look on the links between artists, their practice and the city.

Curator Artists Title Location
Akram Ahmadi Tavana Yasmin Sinai Armor Hanna Boutique Hotel
No 7, Lolagar Alley, Neauphle-le-Chateau St.
Aidin Bagheri Aidin Bagheri, Hamid Reza Alisani The Place of Martyrs 840 Enghelab St., corner of Abivard St.
between Vali-e-Asr crossroad and Ferdowsi Sq
Ali Bakhtiari Morteza Pourhosseini Khoosheh Bookstore,
2nd floor, Safavi Grand Book Bazaar, Enghelab Square

Fridays 4 &11/01 4-9pm; other days 11am-9pm

Zohreh Deldadeh Najaf Shokri The Registering Congregation of Iranians 1: Abu Sa’id St, between Vahdat Eslami & Gholami Nik

2: Imam Khomeini Ave, between Hasan Abad & Sheikh Hadi

3: Mirzaye Shirazi St., between  Karimkhan Zand & Khedri St.

Aria Kasaei 40 posters for the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution Safavi Grand Book Bazaar, Enghelab Square
Sohrab Kashani Siavash Naghshbandi The Lift 3rd floor window, Saman Towers (tower #2), Keshavarz Blvd., (between Felestin St. and Vesal St. and next to Pars hospital)

Timings: every day 5-9pm

Peyman Pourhosein Morteza Momayez “Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art” poster Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art,
Karegar St. (Next to Laleh Park)
Tarlan Rafiee & Yashar Samimi Mofakham Parviz Tanavoli, Kamran Diba & Massoud Arabshahi Remains of Tehran’s identity 1. City Theatre public space
2. Niavaran Cultural Complex,
3. Tejarat Bank, 182 Taleghani St. (between Nejatollahi St. and Gharani St.)
Mohammad Rezaee-Kalantari Art History: When and Where? Ghandriz Hall, a re-reading of art history Ghandriz Hall, 20, Enghelab St.,
(next to Niloofar Bookstore), Daneshgah St.
Foad Sharifi Foad Sharifi Stone Direction Vali-e-Asr Junction towards Vali-e-Asr Sq.
Homayoun Sirizi Michel Setboun The Heroic Oil Workers Also Went to Work Baradaran Garage, 43 Seoul St., Vanak
Mahoor Toosi Nastaran Safaei Invitation to a Flânerie Hanna Boutique Hotel
7, Lolagar Alley, Neauphle-le-Chateau St.
Morteza Zahedi Davood Koochaki & Salim Karami “Outsider Artists” projects Beethoven Music Center and House Museum,
69, Mirza Shirazi St., Karimkhan Zand St.


All talks organized by Pejman Foundation and conceived by Sohrab Kashani
Technical Director: Javid Ghaem Maghami

All talks are open to the public

Café Godot Yas
Gol-e Yas Alley, Mohammadi St., Nejatollahi St. (Villa)
Talks at Café Godot Yas take place between 4-6pm

Topic Moderator Speakers Day
Art weeks: On setting up art weeks in Iran Sohrab Mahdavi Hormoz Hematian, Maryam Majd and  Hamidreza Pejman Saturday 5 January
Curating archives: Archival exhibitions in Tehran Hamidreza Pejman Ali Bakhtiari and Venetia Porter (Skype) Sunday 6 January
Curating in public: Selected projects TAW 2019 Aidin Xankeshipour Homayoun Askari Sirizi, Zohreh Deldadeh and Mohammad Rezaei Kalantari Monday 7 January
The gallerist’s choice Daniele Balice (Skype) and Sam Samiee Tuesday 8 January
Art critique as a public mediator Homayoun Sirizi, Helia Darabi and Sohrab Mahdavi Wednesday 9 January
Artist residencies: On the importance of artistic mobility and exchange Ashkan Zahrai Maryam Bagheri (Kooshk Residency), Ceemin Golshan (Aria Residency), Samira Hashemi (Va space) and Sohrab Kashani (Sazmanab, Pejman Foundation: Kandovan) Thursday 10 January

Vartan House
514, West Taleghani Ave., Felestin Sq.
Talks at Vartan House take place between 6-8pm

Art galleries’ role in reimagining art in public Shahed Saffari Orkideh Daroudi, Rozita Sharafjahan and Shabahang Tayyari Saturday 5 January
On curating, locally and globally Tahereh Sariban Odile Burluraux and Susann Wintsch (Skype) Sunday 6 January
Public art in Tehran Amirali Ghasemi Negar Farajiani, Hooman Mortazavi and Foad Sharifi Monday 7 January
Nasser Khosrow, Marco Polo, Now: Cultural Travelers Guilia Crispiani, Summaya Kassem Ali, Golrokh Nafisi and Sam Samiee Tuesday 8 January
Alt. art education: Art institutes in Tehran Namdar Shirazian Mina Hassani (Khanesh Institute), Fereshte Moosavi (Charsoo Honar) and Behrang Samadzadegan (Aria Art Classes) Wednesday 9 January
Independent artist-run spaces in Tehran Ashkan Zahrai Amirali Ghasemi (Parkingallery, New Media Society), Sohrab Kashani (Sazmanab) and Sadra Wejdani (BonGah) Thursday 10 January

Iranian Artists Forum
Amirkhani Hall
Art Park, North Moosavi St. (Forsat), Taleghani Ave.

Topic Speakers Day Time
Deconstructing Protest Art Sahar Aalayi and Mahyar Alinaghi Monday 7 January 15:30-17:30

Khanesh Institute
11, Behesht Alley, North Bahar St., Taleghani Ave.
Talks at Khanesh Institute take place between 3-5pm

Topic Moderator Speakers Day
On urban mindscape and Iran’s contemporary art Nastaran Saremy Poorya Jahanshad and Behnam Sadighi Tuesday 8 January
City, the substratum of numerous narratives Hoofar Haghighi Friday 11 January


New Media Society
3, Araabi 3 Alley, North Kheradmand St., Karimkhan St.
New Media Society will host “Conversations over a ping-pong table” every day during Teer Art week between 4-8pm 

Hedayat Gallery
15, 6th St., Nejatollahi St.
Hedayat Gallery is open every day during Teer Art week from 11am-9pm
Private collection of Tintin figurines and sculptures

Tehran Art Shop
791, Khark St., Enghelab Ave.
Shakespeare bookstore / Second Show, a show by emerging artists

Iranian Artists Forum
Bagh-e Honar, North Mousavi St., Taleghani St.

  • Opportunity, a visual arts show
  • Tehran, the invisible city, presented by Badbadak Art Institute & Children’s Research Institute Donya



Pejman Foundation: Kandovan 
No. 17, Ghazali St., Hafez Ave.

Title Artists Type of project Day Time
Bring the Brains Peyman Shafieezadeh by Homayoun Sirizi Artwork on display 4-11 January 11am–9pm

Kooshk Residency / Kooshk Talks

30, Malek-ol-Shoara St., Vazandeh St., South Mofateh St.

Type of project Day Time
Introducing the artists of the residency Tuesday 8 January 5–7pm


Selection Committee

Myrna Ayad

Myrna Ayad (born 1977, Beirut, Lebanon) is a Dubai-based arts consultant, cultural strategist and editor. From 2016-2018, Ayad was Director of Art Dubai and a jurist for the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Ayad has written for The New York Times, CNN Online, The Art Newspaper, Artforum, Artsy, Artnet, Wallpaper* and The National. For eight years, she served as editor of Canvas, the premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world. Ayad is Editor of Art Scene UAE: Visual Arts Practices in the Emirates (Canvas Central, forthcoming, 2019) and Contemporary Kingdom: The Saudi Art Scene Now (Canvas Central, 2014). Ayad has served as a nominator for the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship since 2013 and since 2017, is also a nominator for the UAE art pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Negar Azimi

Negar Azimi is a writer and the Senior Editor of Bidoun, an award-winning publishing and curatorial platform (www.bidoun.org). Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Frieze, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker among other venues. She is a past recipient of the Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant and in 2017 delivered the tenth annual AICA/USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at the New School. She served as an advisor for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and her most recent curatorial effort was, with colleagues Klaus Biesenbach, Tiffany Malakooti, and Babak Radboy, the first-ever retrospective of the Iranian-born avant-garde theater director Reza Abdoh at MoMA PS1 in New York. She is also a member of the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation.

Daniele Balice

Italian-born Daniele Balice started working as an art editor and writer in Milan and Paris. In 1999, he moved to New York where he worked as a freelance writer and gallery director. In 2008, Balice opened Balice Hertling gallery in Paris’ Belleville neighborhood. The gallery quickly gained international recognition and participated in a number of international fairs. Artists launched by the gallery include Neil Beloufa, Isabelle Cornaro, Xinyi Cheng and Camille Blatrix. Daniele now runs another gallery location in Paris’ 3rd and has developed strong ties in places such as Lebanon, China and Iran. He is a contributor to several publications and one of the founders of Paris Avant-Première, a novel initiative that promotes a new cosmopolitan generation of galleries and art spaces in Paris.

Rozita Sharafjahan

Born in 1962 in Tehran, Rozita Sharafjahan is the founder and director of Azad Art Gallery. Active since the fall of 1999 and located in close quarters to the University of Tehran, Azad Art Gallery under Sharafjahan’s leadership has maintained itself as a space for artistic experiments of all kinds and continues to support a generation of young, avant-garde artists.  A practicing artist herself, Sharafjahan holds a BA in Painting and an MA in Art Research from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University. Over the course of her career, Sharafjahan has held over ten solo shows and participated in over 130 national and international group exhibitions, biennials and art festivals. She is a regular contributor of the local press on matters of fine art and is regularly sought out by various forums as a moderator and art critic.

Behzad Hatam

Between 1971 and 1979, Hatam served as graphic designer and PR director of Roudaki Hall. In this time, Hatam also acted as art director of the weekly magazine Javan and art critic at Roudaki magazine and Tamasha. From 1990 onwards, Hatam founded ‘Persian Art Consultants’ in Germany and served as art director of the monthly magazine Film International. He also founded and directed RawAD, a Tehran-based advertising and media company. A collector of Iranian modern and contemporary art, Hatam opened his own art space in 2008 under the name gallery10.tehran. In 2016, Hatam established the Pari Safa Music Foundation in memory of his late wife, an author and publisher of numerous articles and books on avant-garde music and dance.


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