Tehran institute to host Fajr Intl. Festival of Visual Arts

January 24, 2016

TEHRAN – The 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts will open at the Saba Art and Cultural Institute on Friday.

Works by over 200 Iranian and foreign artists coming from different countries including Tunisia, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Cuba and Kyrgyzstan will be competing this year, secretary of the festival Mojtaba Aqai said in a press conference held at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday.

“In previous editions, the festival was non-competitive, while this year it has turned out to be a competitive event,” Aqai added.

Aqai said that several programs have been organized on the side section of the festival. “A selection of documentaries focusing on different visual arts including painting, sculpture, miniature, pottery and ceramics will be screened at the Saba Institute as well as the cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

“The organizers are also holding the first edition of Iran Artex, an exhibition to introduce those active in the visual arts. The media and the organizations active in producing art-related materials will show their potential to boost the economy of art,” Aqai explained.

Art secretary of the festival Jamshid Haqiqat-Shenas, also attending the conference, said that the exhibit is not intended exclusively for professional artists and that that a number of different programs have been arranged for all types of visitors.

“We decided to omit different categories from the festival this year since we believe art is not just painting, graphics or calligraphy. This year the festival is art-based rather than artist-based,” Haqiqat-Shenas said.

Part of the exhibit has been allocated to an exhibition of resistance art, which also will be set up on the side section of the festival.

He added that the Niavaran Cultural Center will also be hosting a side-section exhibit of calligraphy and miniature works under the title “Fajr and National Art”.

Also included is the Seminar on Iran’s Contemporary Art and Globalization, reviewing the art of Iran and its historical background as well as its development throughout the years.

The seminar, which is actually the intellectual backdrop of the festival, aims to focus on the theoretical dimensions of the event.

A total of 50 articles and academic research papers have been selected to be presented at the seminar.

The festival will open in 26 provinces simultaneously with Tehran.

The event will be running until March 7, but the closing ceremony, in which a number of veteran artists are scheduled to be honored, will be held several days earlier.

Photo: A poster for the 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts

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