In October 2012 'An Introduction on Different Perspectives of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art', a programme sponsored by the MOP Foundation and held at the British Museum, was launched with its first in a series of talks. This discussion explored the work of the nineteen artists shortlisted for the MOP Foundation Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) 2013. The panel guided the audience through the selection process and presented the challenges and criteria involved in the prize.
The talk was moderated by Vali Mahlouji with panellists Fereshteh Daftari, Curator and Scholar; Dr Anthony Downey, Director of the Masters Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London; Media Farzin, Art Historian and Critic; Venetia Porter, Assistant Keeper, Department of the Middle East, British Museum, London; and Hamid Severi, Art Historian and Curator.
To view images from the MOP CAP 2013 finalist's exhibition click here.
Vali Mahlouji is a London-based independent curator, art advisor, writer and translator, who trained first in archaeology and philology and later as a psychoanalyst. He is currently independent curatorial adviser to the British Museum on its modern/contemporary Iranian collections. His book,Perspectives on the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis, by Black Dog Publishing is due in 2015
Fereshteh Daftari Fereshteh Daftari holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in art history and has worked at The Museum of Modern Art from 1988 until 2009 exhibiting works by artists such as Paul McCarthy and Janine Antoni. Her current focus is on her interest in Middle Eastern and, most particularly, Iranian modern and contemporary art.
Dr. Anthony Downy Anthony Downey is the Director of the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He holds a Ph.D from Goldsmiths College and sits on the Editorial Board of Third Text, is the Editor of Ibraaz (www.ibraaz.org), the latter a research forum for visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa, and a Consulting Editor for Open Space in Vienna.
Media Farzin Media Farzin is a New York-based critic and PhD candidate in art history at the City University of New York. She received her BFA in Painting from Tehran University and MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous monographic essays on artists, and a regular contributor to Bidoun and Art-Agenda. She is also a lecturer at the City College of New York, and instructor at the Museum of Modern Art.
Venetia Porter Venetia Porter is Assistant Keeper (Curator), Islamic and contemporary Middle East. Venetia is a curator responsible for the collection of Islamic art, in particular of the Arab World and Turkey as well as developing the collection of the modern and contemporary art of the Middle East.
Hamid Severi Hamid Severi studied History of Art at Santa Barbara University and has been teaching theoretical courses at universities and private institutions, as well as serving as educational deputy at The Art and Architecture Faculty of Azad University in Tehran and the head of the research centre of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art throughout his career. He has curated many photography and video art exhibitions and has directed many conferences. He is currently on the editorial board of Art Tomorrow Magazine.
The Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art program sponsored by MOP Foundation, in partnership with the British Museum and in collaboration with independent curator and writer Vali Mahlouji, focuses on the increased interest in Iranian art and features Iranian artists, curators, and critics. These talks explore the oeuvre of significant Iranian artistic figures and assess the legacy and importance of these artists' works within the context of modern and contemporary Iranian art production and beyond. Each panel discussion includes leading figures in the Modern and Contemporary Art industry.