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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., Tehran, Iran.
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
No. 514, West Taleghani Ave., Felestin Sq., Tehran, Iran.
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., Tehran, Iran.

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

Khanesh Institute
No. 11, Behesht Alley, North Bahar St., Taleghani Ave., Tehran, Iran.
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



  • Saturday 5 January


Panel Discussion (Café Godot Yas 16:00-18:00)

Art weeks: On setting up art weeks in Iran

The founders and directors of Teer Art Hormoz Hematian, Maryam Majd and Hamidreza Pejman speak about art weeks as unique opportunities to see art in a variety of different places in cities by bringing together art practitioners, art enthusiasts and art venues. They will address the importance of setting up art weeks in Tehran and in other cities of Iran.

Speakers: Hormoz Hematian, Maryam Majd, Hamidreza Pejman

Moderator: Sohrab Mahdavi


Panel Discussion (Vartan House 18:00-20:00)

Art galleries’ role in reimagining art in public

An investigation of the role of art galleries in reimagining art in public through a presentation of artists’ projects in public spaces in recent years. The panel will discuss the importance of supporting such practices and projects.

Speakers: Orkideh Daroudi, Rozita Sharafjahan, Shabahang Tayyari

Moderator: Shahed Saffari



  • Sunday 6 January


Panel Discussion (Café Godot Yas 16:00-18:00)

Curating archives: Archival exhibitions in Tehran

The panel will discuss the concept of archives and their role as a source for curatorial work practice supported by examples in Tehran over the last decade.

Speakers: Ali Bakhtiari, Venetia Porter [Skype]

Moderator: Hamidreza Pejman



Panel Discussion (Vartan House 18:00-20:00)

On curating, locally and globally

A presentation by select curators of their curatorial practices over the years, with a focus on recent projects. Presentations will be followed by a group discussion revolving around some of the differences between curating locally and globally.

Speakers: Odile Burluraux, Susann Wintsch [Skype]

Moderator: Tahereh Sariban



  • Monday 7 January


Panel Discussion (Café Godot Yas 16:00-18:00)

Curating in public: Selected projects TAW 2019

Curators of TAW’s first curatorial programme will discuss the projects they undertook in different locations in Tehran in the framework of Teer Art Week’s curatorial project.

Speakers: Homayoun Askari Sirizi, Zohreh Deldadeh, Mohammad Rezaei Kalantari

Moderator: Aidin Xankeshipour


Panel Discussion (Vartan House 18:00-20:00)

Public art in Tehran

Panelists will discuss public art in Tehran illustrated by examples of their personal, Tehran-based public art projects.

Speakers: Negar Farajiani, Hooman Mortazavi, Foad Sharifi

Moderator: Amirali Ghasemi



  • Tuesday 8 January


Conversation (Café Godot Yas 16:00-18:00)

The gallerist’s choice

Gallerist Daniele Balice and artist Sam Samiee will discuss how dealers and artists begin a professional relationship. Balice will explain the process of his choices, ranging from instinctual to intellectual.

Speakers: Daniele Balice [Skype], Sam Samiee


Panel Discussion (Vartan House 18:00-20:00)

Nasser Khosrow, Marco Polo, Now: Cultural Travellers

Guilia Crispiani, Summaya Kassem Ali, Golrokh Nafisi and Sam Samiee will comment on two medieval travellers – Nasser Khosrow and Marco Polo – who engaged in mapping the worlds they knew at the time. Golrokh Nafisi and Guilia Crispiani will elaborate on Khosrow and Polo as distinct among their contemporaries: they not only engaged in market practices and mercantile activity but used these as excuses for broader interests such as culture and knowledge. Summaya Kassem Ali and Sam Samiee will respond with an elaboration of the anthropological aspects of markets and cultures, cultural mobility and histories of the market, movement, and colonial impacts on the remembering of ideational distinctions.

Speakers: Guilia Crispiani, Summaya Kassem Ali, Golrokh Nafisi, Sam Samiee



  • Wednesday 9 January


Panel Discussion (Café Godot Yas 16:00-18:00)

Art critique as a public mediator

Can art critiquing act as a mediator between art and the public? Do art critics play a role in increasing the value of private collections, and how? And how does art writing and art critiquing enrich popular society? Can contemporary art critiquing act independently from modern financial apparatuses? Is contemporary art critiquing itself not part and parcel of the production of art? These are some of the questions this panel will address.

Speakers: Homayoun Askari Sirizi, Helia Darabi, Sohrab Mahdavi


Panel Discussion (Vartan House 18:00-20:00)

Alt. art education: Art institutes in Tehran

Formal education systems are known for their rigid structures, creating limitations no longer attune with today’s interconnected and fluid world. Alternative education models, whose social significance has often been neglected by the structures of formal education, are becoming increasingly relevant. Private art institutes and organisations enter the scene, offering programmes in disciplines rarely covered in the official curriculum of art universities in Iran. Although unaccredited in the traditional sense, these independent institutes provide courses that benefit the practice of artists in a variety of ways. Each panellist will present their own institute and, in a follow-up group, discussion will speak about the importance of setting up alternative educational programmes in Iran.

Speakers: Mina Hassani (Khanesh Institute), Fereshte Moosavi (Charsoo Honar), Behrang Samadzadegan (Aria Art Classes)

Moderator: Namdar Shirazian



  • Thursday 10 January


Panel Discussion (Café Godot Yas 16:00-18:00)

Artist residencies: On the importance of artistic mobility and exchange

The panel will discuss the importance of artist residencies in the development of the practices of artists who take part in them and will present some of the international collaborations that were made between local and international artists through each panellist’s residency programmes.

Speakers: Maryam Bagheri (Kooshk Residency), Ceemin Golshan (Aria Residency), Samira Hashemi (Va space), Sohrab Kashani (Sazmanab, Pejman Foundation: Kandovan)

Moderator: Ashkan Zahrai



Panel Discussion (Vartan House 18:00-20:00)

Independent artist-run spaces in Tehran

The panel will discuss the importance of running non-profit artist-run spaces in Tehran, with each participant presenting their own space and project.

Speakers: Amirali Ghasemi (Parkingallery, New Media Society), Sohrab Kashani (Sazmanab), Sadra Wejdani (BonGah)

Moderator: Ashkan Zahrai




Parallel Panels


  • Monday 7 January


Panel Discussion (Iranian Artists Forum 15:30-17:30)

Deconstructing Protest Art

Is it possible to cast an objective and neutral view upon the conceptualization of overlapping turning-points between philosophy, arts and psychoanalysis without taking socio-historical packages into account? What do contemporary psychoanalytic approaches have to say about the status of art in the mindset of an Iranian audience? What factors of l’air-du-temps condemn an artwork to persecution rather than contemplation? What are some of the existing obstacles in creating dialogue between Iranian artists and their audience?

Speakers: Sahar Aalayi, Mahyar Alinaghi



  • Tuesday 8 January


Panel Discussion (Khanesh Institute 15:00-17:00)

On urban mindscape and Iran’s contemporary art

The panel will discuss the notion of “urban mindscape” supported by examples drawn from Iranian contemporary art. In the analysis of urban identity, the panel will address how the making and unmaking of space, in the context of Iranian urban life, can help create a more precise conception of Iranian contemporary society.

Speakers: Hamed Jaberha, Poorya Jahanshad, Behnam Sadighi

Moderator: Nastaran Saremy





  • Friday 11 January


Lecture (Khanesh Institute 15:00-17:00)

City, the substratum of numerous narratives

Approaching this talk with an essentialist perspective and a phenomenological method, the speaker explores the life and decline of urban photography and its boundaries. He will address the question of how the city can become a potential substratum as well as an endless source of inspiration and meaningful production for photography as a medium.

Speaker: Hoofar Haghighi



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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