Tomorrow Another City - Works by Shirin Sabahi Saatchi Gallery, London 9th - 13th October 2012, 10am - 6pm
For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Sabahi presents a new series of works made out of, and about, obsessive attempts at making a film, solving a mathematical problem and speculating a love affair. These seemingly unrelated fragments come together in a sparse but evocative manifestation of the artist's growing interest in the ways in which artefacts are fabricated. The exhibition gathers activities stuck in an infinite present, a cycle where communication is disrupted, doubt is looped and scheduled time passes without ever coming to an end. A total of four works in the exhibition includes a film installation, a series of drawings, a flipbook and film stills. The works are the result of tasks that are either predetermined or unknown, yet one wouldn't reach the final if not through assigning oneself to an exhaustive and repetitive search, which may or may not be futile.
The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) is a global search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists. The central goal of the prize is to provide an opportunity for gifted artists to gain international exposure, and through doing this, make a notable contribution to the long-term advancement of Iranian arts and culture worldwide.
Magic of Persia will also be exhibiting and launching Iran:RPM, a selection of vinyl covers from soundtracks of Iranian films 1965-1974, compiled by Ali Bakhtiari conveying a breath-taking tone of nostalgia.
This compilation is available to purchase as a memento book with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Magic of Persia Art & Education Initiatives. The exhibition will be accompanied by a video installation, Window Café, by the internationally renowned artist Farideh Lashai.
Window Café is a video installation of two 15 minute linked compilations of epigrammatic film shots, bringing out the essence of popular cinema that was produced in Iran between 1965-1974, before the revolution. The video brings into life the popular and lowbrow culture of "Café" and "cabaret" verve that symbolised the nightlife ubiquitous in the Iran of the 1960-1970s and was one of the main themes of the mass commercial cinema known as Film Farsi. These films also serve as a historical documentation of modern Iranian folklore going back as early as the Qajar era (Dash Akol) and all the way up to the early 1970s.