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Transit Tehran: Art and Documentary from Iran


28 September - 6 November 2009
Atrium Gallery, Old Building
Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 8pm

Like other international cities, Tehran is filled with the religious, the irreligious and the indifferent.  However, for a capital much in the news, its secrets are well guarded.

For Transit Tehran, artists Sadegh Tirafkan and Khosrow Hassanzadeh; photographers Newsha Tavakolian, Abbas Kowsari, Javad Montazeri, Majid Saeedi, Kian Amani, Omid Salehi, Peyman Hooshmanzadeh and Kaveh Golestan and graphic novelist Parsua Bashi bring the city to life through art, painting, illustration, portraiture, photojournalism, history and memoir.  The exhibition's photography, art and documentary film evenings form a contemporary depiction of Tehran that draws on Iran's rich visual and cultural heritage, traditionally a place of resistance throughout the country's long history of political turmoil.

Transit Tehran was made possible by Iran Heritage Foundation, LSE Arts, Prince Claus Fund Library, Parallax Media, BBC World Service Trust and Harvard International PLC.

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Omid Salehi, Tehran, 2009

Images from Transit Tehran: Art and Documentary from Iran

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Atrium Gallery exhibition, Transit Tehran: Art and Documentary from Iran

Centre (on screen): Parsua Bashi (illustrations) and Masoud Behnoud (text), Timeline of Tehran

Central triptych: Newsha Tavakolian, Maria (from the series Girl Power)

Top triptych: Omid Salehi, Haj Amjad (from the series Man of God)

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From left: Peyman Hooshmandzadeh, Time; Khosrow Hassanzadeh, 5-Bache-mahal, Refigh-baz; Sadegh Tirafkan, Whispers of the East, No. 5; Kian Amani, The Best Years of Our Lives

Abbas Kowsari, Graduation of Women Cadets from the Academy of Law Enforcement Sciences, Kowsar Higher Educational Centre

Centre (on screen): Javad Montazeri, Going Home (from the series Caspian Sea); right: Kaveh Golestan, Prostitutes (from the series Shahr-e (Red-light district))

Atrium Gallery exhibition, Transit Tehran: Art and Documentary from Iran