My Super Hero
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.