The exhibition, Speaking from the heart, The Polemic Sensibility from Iran is a curatorial undertaking, sourcing from the finite series of creative works that came from Iran at a time when artists who felt they needed to contest their lived experiences of a persisting reality. The actual, as well as their mental journeys of the process of being excluded and often feeling confined, produced new identities, based on introspection, often producing an auto-critique of the lack of progress of their contemporary actualities. The volatile condition within and without, the obfuscations, the bewilderment and the categorical failure of the system gave way to doubts and led to a collective sense of disillusion with the whole.
Participating artists: Mehraneh Atashi, Navid Azimi Sajadi, Mahmood Bakhshi, Masoumeh Bakhtiary, Majid Fathizadeh, Parastou Forouhar, Farhad Fozouni, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Taha Heydary, Melodi Hosainzadeh, Katayoun Karami, Aria Kasaei, Majid Korang Beheshti, Azadeh Madani, Amir Mobed, Mehran Mohajer, Masoumeh Mozafari, Homan Nobakht, Sara Roohisefat, Atefeh Samaei, Rozita Sharafjahan, Mohamad M. Tabatabaei and Reza Abedini.
The artists and their works in this exhibition were selected for both their thinking and their making, providing in summation a reflexive archive of their communal plight; a response based on observations of the increasing destruction of its core values and the lack of transparency that envelopes their possibilities. This cultural awakening, constructed in images and text, thread and paint, video and graphics reflects the increasing place of protest and activism, but, more significantly, the works are responsible engaged in how these temporal visual encounters further the visual tropes of Iran’s contemporary language- deliberate, gauged and, at points, provocative in its poetic demand. A curiosity that re-establishes the demand to connect to the harsh reality within a critical artistic discourse, speaks from the heart of the polemic sensibility of Iran.