My Super Hero

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My Superhero, from the series Listen, 2010 C Print 105x130 Cm (51x41 In) © Courtesy of the Artist and Morono Kiang Gallery
Let them eat yellowcake; Love letters to Jeremy, 2011 Video 12 ½ Minutes © Amitis Motevalli & Morono Kiang Gallery
Against Hermeneutic (series of 11 photos), 2010, 2011 Mixed Media Variable © Arash Fayez, Morono Kiang Gallery
Liquid Light (A portrait of Gabo), 2011 Oil On Primed Canvas 90 X 70" © Farsad Labbauf, Morono Kiang Gallery,
My Super Hero, 2010 C Print 43 X 51"
Your Tongue, 2010 Mixed Media 31 X 43"
Figure 2 (after Aahangar), 2005 Gouache On Digital Pigment Print On Hanemühle Paper 30 X 20 1/4" © Ala Ebtekar, Morono Kiang Gallery
Figure 3 (after Aahangar) , 2005 Gouache On Digital Pigment Print On Hanemühle Paper 30 X 20 1/4" © Ala Ebtekar, Morono Kiang Gallery
Against Hermeneutic (series of 11 photos), 2010, 2011 Mixed Media Variable © Arash Fayez, Morono Kiang Gallery
Untitled, 2010 Mixed Media On Paper 7 X 9" © Elika Hedayat & Morono Kiang Gallery
The Kiss, 2011 Bronze 20 X 12 X 16" © Morteza Zahedi & Morono Kiang Gallery
Fresh “Me?” No. 1, 2010 Collage Drawing, Ink, Pencil, Ball Point Pen, Adhesive Foil 31 X 23" © Shahram Entekhabi & Morono Kiang Gallery
Me As a Lion, As a Hero, 2010 Stainless Steel 33 X 31 X 16" © Sahand Hesamyan & Morono Kiang Gallery
Blow, 2011 C Print 39½ X 31½" © Siamak Filizadeh & Morono Kiang Gallery
My Superhero 1, from the series Listen , 2010 C Print 51x41" © Newsha Tavakolian & Morono Kiang Gallery
My Superhero 3, from the series Listen , 2010 C Print 51 X 41" © Newsha Tavakolian & Morono Kiang Gallery
Museum of Natural – National Heritage , 2010 Fiber Glass 10 X 10 X 17 3/4" © Jinoos Taghizadeh& Morono Kiang GalleryMuseum of Natural – National Heritage
MY Super Hero, After Shave(d), 2007 Oil & Charcoal On Canvas 72 X 48" © Maryam Amini & Morono Kiang Gallery
My Super Hero

Bradbury Building
218 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
March 5th, 2011 - April 30th, 2011
Opening: March 5th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 6


Morono Kiang Gallery in Los Angeles and Aaran gallery in Tehran are pleased to announce their collaboration to present My Super Hero, an exhibition of new works by Iranian contemporary artists. My Super Hero will open simultaneously in Tehran and Los Angeles on March 5, 2011, and is curated by Nazila Noebashari, founder and director of the Aaran Gallery, and Shervin Shabazi, gallery director of the Morono Kiang Gallery.

This unprecedented set of exhibits will be presented by two leading galleries in their respective cities. My Super Hero consists of new works created for these exhibits by a diverse group of over 30 Iranian artists. The participating artists are: Abbas Kowsari, Ala Dehghan, Ala Ebtekar, Ali Reza Jodey, Amir Ali Bashiri, Amitis Motevalli, Arash Fayez, Arash Hanaei, Arash Sedaghatkish, Baktash Sarang, Barbad Golshiri, Behdad Lahooti, Behrang Samadzadeghan, Elika Hedayat, Farhad Fouzoni, Farsad Labbauf, Ghazal Khatibi, Hadi Nasiri, Hamed Rashtian, Jinoos Taghizadeh, Maryam Amini, Mojtaba Amini, Morteza Zahedi, Nasim Davari, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Neda Razavipour, Newsha Tavakolian, Sahand Hesamyan, Sara Abbasian, Shahram Entekhabi,Siamak Filizadeh.

The origins of the idea behind My Super Hero, as Nazila Noebasharistates, is that


"...For centuries Persian artists have used mythology and poetry to depict a wondrous world, loyal to ideals of beauty, truth and perfection.  A world where they have found the redeeming answer to brutality, chaos and frustration that have been a part of daily life.  Artists have created sanctuaries, providing consolation, delight and revelation for their audiences.  They have preserved the Persian legacy, enriched our lives and inspired us as a nation to become better than we are."

What makes this exhibit even more relevant is that, just as in Iran, many countries in the "Middle East" are in turmoil as their citizens are no longer willing to accept the status quo.  As these populations struggle to bring a new world into being, they are looking for possible alternatives of leadership in an impossible void, one that can only be filled by a hero who is "supposed to spring to life in the face of danger and adversity and display courage and the will for self sacrifice." The artists offer their interpretations of who these heroes might be in My Super Hero.

An illustrated catalog will be available in March 2011.