Raf Projects

Raf Projects Raf Projects began as an alternative art gallery in Tehran in 2009 and after three years developed into a curatorial collective developing interdisciplinary artistic projects for Iranian and international institutions. In 2017, Raf Projects was registered
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Raf Projects celebrated its opening on 12th October 2012. It is founded by Alireza Labeshka, curator and artist, as a not-for-profit space for contemporary art beyond the hierarchies of the art markets in Iran and middle east, and a center for interdisciplinary research on Iranian Art. Raf has invited international as well as Iranian visual artists to present their ideas to an advanced audience of artists, curators, critics, collectors, as well as architects, photographers and galerists. Recently Raf has moved to Berlin to pursue its activities in a more international atmosphere. Raf is now introducing Iranian artists to European audiences and is cooperating with international Institute to hold artistic projects around the world. Raf is about artistic experimentation in the fields of video, installation, photography, painting, sculpture, etc. beyond the confines of curatorial concern.

Check this wonderful project: Posted @withregram • @geile_tiefgaragen_einfahrten #undergroundparking #tiefgarage #archit...
20/05/2020

Check this wonderful project: Posted @withregram • @geile_tiefgaragen_einfahrten #undergroundparking #tiefgarage #architecture #architektur #flaneur #hiddenspace #urbanvoid #nichtort #nonplace #گاراژزيرزمينى #ايران #تهران #iran #teheran #tehran #big #groß بزرگ# #شهر #تئاتر_شهر

Posted @withregram • @bookandsons Oliver Hartungは2011年から2014年にかけ、イランをテーマに記念碑、壁画、建築、戦争犠牲者の墓地などを類型学的に捉えたシリーズを制作。非常にフォトジェニッ...
19/05/2020

Posted @withregram • @bookandsons Oliver Hartungは2011年から2014年にかけ、イランをテーマに記念碑、壁画、建築、戦争犠牲者の墓地などを類型学的に捉えたシリーズを制作。非常にフォトジェニックであるにも関わらず、西洋ではほとんど知られていない「イラン」という国のポートレートにもなっています。

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Setareh Shahbazi is an Iranian artist currently based in Berlin. She studied Scenography, Fine Arts and Media Theory at ...
20/04/2020

Setareh Shahbazi is an Iranian artist currently based in Berlin. She studied Scenography, Fine Arts and Media Theory at the State Academy for Art and Design in Karlsruhe. Between 2003 and 2013 she spent six years living and working in Beirut, while going back and forth between Tehran, Cairo and Berlin, where she currently lives and works.

Questions of displacement, integration, representation and concious desintegration, loss of language and visual translation are key to her artistic projects.

During her travels within the past 15 years, Setareh Shahbazi has been compiling notes and observations in form of found photographs: images from public archives and private collections, snapshots, film stills, postcards, newspapers, social media and daily newsfeeds. With a playful irreverence to the sanctity of a photograph as a mirror of reality, Shahbazi drains details out of images. In trying to make sense of their broken narratives, their impossible translations into different contexts, temporalities and languages, she is constantly shifting perspectives to allow these observations to come together in a fictional afterlife. | Images from the ongoing project „100 Rotten Tricks“, 2019/20

Ziba Rajabi is another talented Iranian artist whose works shown in a group exhibition in our venue in Tehran. Ziba curr...
14/04/2020

Ziba Rajabi is another talented Iranian artist whose works shown in a group exhibition in our venue in Tehran. Ziba currently lives in Arkansas and for her new works she writes: In my paintings and installations, I re-create intimate moments culled from my home and neighborhood in Iran. Due to a situation where I am far away from my homeland I can feel my memories of home fading away. By utilizing memories from my past, I take aspects of images that are no longer recognizable and, therefore, are abstracted into shapes that allude to elements found in my homeland. Consequently, aspects of everyday life such as architecture, furniture, gardens, or a specific time of a day become the basis for my work. My desire is to create a situation where the viewer looks at abstract paintings or installations and feels a familiarity, but can’t quite place what it is or why they sense a kinship. By creating this kind of scenario, I can show that regardless of nationality, religion, or gender there are commonalities for all individuals.

Today we introduce a talented emerging artist whose works in the early stages of her career exhibited in our venue in Te...
07/04/2020

Today we introduce a talented emerging artist whose works in the early stages of her career exhibited in our venue in Tehran; Maryam Amirvaghefi is now carrying on her artistic practice as well working as assistant director of exhibitions in Arkansas University. In her artist statement Maryam writes:

The worlds of art and sports are not very different. Both have the ability to convey emotion, illustrate internal conflict, and create lasting memories. As a female artist that was born in Iran, I often feel there is the cultural expectation (western and otherwise) that women are weak and submissive. This misconception lies at the heart of my studio practice. I have determined that sports, more specifically, sports-related imagery, are legitimate vehicles for exploring notions of ethnicity, gender, and politics.

Although, at first glance, arts and sports seem to be opposite cultural practices, I believe that both are unique in that they often overlap and create new memories that do not entirely reside in either genre, and both require you to use your mind and your body at the same time. What we do in art and sports are learned through repetition and exercise to be a winner, and I wonder if it is possible for me to ‘win,’ whether in life or the art world.

In the snowy quarantine of Berlin, we introduce you a shinning mind: Nigin Beck studied Art History and Philosophy befor...
30/03/2020

In the snowy quarantine of Berlin, we introduce you a shinning mind:

Nigin Beck studied Art History and Philosophy before entering the sculpture class of Olaf Metzel at the Academy of Arts Munich. Her studio based practice draws from her Iranian heritage and the many complications of storytelling that shape her familial relationships as well as her geographical relationship to Iran itself. Her sculptures and exhibitions most often begin with cultural quotations (whether it be antique fabrics, turns of phrase, formal texts or orally communicated narrative and myth) and remain firmly located within her ongoing personal inquiry whilst also speaking to more universal concerns of emotional and physical dislocation and the increasingly precarious role of traditional labour in the contemporary landscape. Nigin also works with craftspeople to realize her work (most recently wood carvers and glass blowers) but the core of her project is increasingly centered around clay; its formal properties and variations and its many historical applications. Her recent shows in Berlin have been at ‚Ashley‘ and The Pogo Bar, Kunstwerke.

Title of the works in sequence:

1. Installation view from ‚YEKI BUD, YEKI NABUD‘, 2019, Berlin
2. Installation view from the group exhibition ‚Voyage‘ at Tropez, 2018, Berlin
3. Installation view from the solo exhibition ‚Places that are not - Nostalgia for Mahdieh‘, 2017, Munich
4. Installation view of ‚My yellow is yours, your red is mine‘, 2017 at KW Berlin
5. ‚She looks like a moviestar and she can cook, too‘ 2015
6. Our land, Barbarian land‘ 2016
7. Taroof Kon‘, 2017
8. Moona Lisa‘, 2014
9. Beaten Vases‘, 2017
10. Fruit of the Womb‘, 2018 @ Berlin, Germany

Having to spend our days staying at home, we are encountering different types of digital exposure from artists, art inst...
24/03/2020

Having to spend our days staying at home, we are encountering different types of digital exposure from artists, art institutions and galleries. In such circumstances, Raf projects decided to showcase some Iranian artists whose works have the potential to be reassessed and re-studied in the discourse of what can be called “Iranian Contemporary Art”. The artists have been selected by our chief curator, Alireza Labeshka and the list can provide the researchers, curators, artists and other enthusiasts among our followers with content that can hopefully motivate them for possible collaboration or networking. The selected artists will be tagged, and any useful contact or links will also be mentioned in the comments of each post.

The first selected artist is Mohammadreza Mirzaei. In his text about his works in Herfe Honramand No. 74 (2020), Mohmmadreza writes:

“..There was no metaphor for me. In my photos, for example, the light doesn't refer to something else. No object is supposed to take us someplace else. Photography, for me, was not to express. I wanted things to be what they are. In some of the photos, where the border between light and the other objects is faded, they might merge. There is no difference between an abstracted image, an abstract painting, or the butt of a passerby. And this was the most important thing for me. My living space as an exiled photographer was pretty small and cramped, and everything was out on the surface. As Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari refer to in Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature, in the majority literature, family and personal matters are in the foreground, and social and political matters are in the background. But this is not the case in the minor literature. And that's because the space is limited, as is the language of the minority — a language of limited terminology and, at times, wrong grammar. So everything can be seen. ...I didn't see this that different from my own situation. In my level, there was everything that in mainstream photography could be placed in the background. From different stuff to the beauty and ugliness of the city. From desire. ... rest on commemts

You will hear more about our project with Berlin based photographer  @jennyhasselbach who had a residency in @kaafinstit...
25/12/2019

You will hear more about our project with Berlin based photographer @jennyhasselbach who had a residency in @kaafinstitute Tehran for two months. The photo is from her series ”Ortsmarken Zeitkurven“, Tehran 2019
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#jennyhasselbach #iran #tehran_iran #iran_travel #iran_tourism #irantourist #tehranpics #tehranphoto #everydaytehran #tehranpic #tehrantoday #tehranstreetstyle #canon6d #fujifeed#lensculture #phornography #thisveryinstant #yearofthephoto #contemporaryphotography #plattenbau #socialistmodernism #brutalismus #architizer #archdaily #somewheremagazine #sosbrutalism

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach 🙏Thanks for everyone who came to see my work! “Ortsmarken Zeitkurven” at #galeriee...
06/12/2019

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach 🙏Thanks for everyone who came to see my work! “Ortsmarken Zeitkurven” at #galerieerstererster in Berlin. Nov 22th – Dec 3rd 2019
The residency was supported by @ifa.de (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) and the @kaafinstitute Tehran. Thanks also to @raf.artprojects for initiation and support! 🙏
. . 🇮🇷 I would like to thank all people I got to know in Iran and making my stay to a very special experience! 😊
@kyhnii for the best place to stay in Tehran!
Faezeh and @majidhajiza for wonderful evenings together! You both made my stay special! (And especially I want to thank Faezeh for the translations!) @masih_mostajeran for the walks, talks and breakfasts!
@mobasherniqui for taking me to pardis!
@s.ali.sh for all the insights into architecture and urban planning of Tehran.
@raya.paka for the attempt to go flirting ;-) @pouyamoazzam2014 – not only for the best taxi service ever! Most of all thanks for the great company!
@tantan1013 for the perfect place in yard, the talks in the yard and helping me with all my issues! ;-) @thatcypress for taking me to the theatre and for the nice evening. Also for the help with translation!
@imansameii for taking me to the ashura rituals and getting me a black scarf! ;-) @vedadf for showing me very good Iranian music and food!
@hamidnajafi7 and @mitra_ataei for the best pomegranate juice, very delicious food and for the hospitality!
@elahehpakfard for helping me with my phone and taking me for dinner.
@iamsevdakhp for taking me to the telecabine and showing me a great view over Tehran!
@pouria.hesaaraki and his friend for ordering me a ceasar salad and the spontaneous hike in the north of Tehran …

@ehsan_tamrababi … @ehssan.hanif … @elnaz.tehrani … and so many others. Thanks everyone! Hopefully I didn’t missed someone! 😘

#jennyhasselbach #berlinstagram #berlinphotography #berlinstagram #igersberlin #lensculture #phornography #photography #thisveryinstant #yearofthephoto #contemporaryphotography #lightandshadow #canon6d #fujifeed #portraitphoto #iran #tehran #tehran_iran #iran_travel #iran_tourism #irantourist

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach 🙏Thanks for everyone who came to see my work! “Ortsmarken Zeitkurven” at #galeriee...
06/12/2019

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach 🙏Thanks for everyone who came to see my work! “Ortsmarken Zeitkurven” at #galerieerstererster in Berlin. Nov 22th – Dec 3rd 2019
The residency was supported by @ifa.de (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) and the @kaafinstitute Tehran. Thanks also to @raf.artprojects for initiation and support! 🙏
. . 🇮🇷 I would like to thank all people I got to know in Iran and making my stay to a very special experience! 😊
@kyhnii for the best place to stay in Tehran!
Faezeh and @majidhajiza for wonderful evenings together! You both made my stay special! (And especially I want to thank Faezeh for the translations!) @masih_mostajeran for the walks, talks and breakfasts!
@mobasherniqui for taking me to pardis!
@s.ali.sh for all the insights into architecture and urban planning of Tehran.
@raya.paka for the attempt to go flirting ;-) @pouyamoazzam2014 – not only for the best taxi service ever! Most of all thanks for the great company!
@tantan1013 for the perfect place in yard, the talks in the yard and helping me with all my issues! ;-) @thatcypress for taking me to the theatre and for the nice evening. Also for the help with translation!
@imansameii for taking me to the ashura rituals and getting me a black scarf! ;-) @vedadf for showing me very good Iranian music and food!
@hamidnajafi7 and @mitra_ataei for the best pomegranate juice, very delicious food and for the hospitality!
@elahehpakfard for helping me with my phone and taking me for dinner.
@iamsevdakhp for taking me to the telecabine and showing me a great view over Tehran!
@pouria.hesaaraki and his friend for ordering me a ceasar salad and the spontaneous hike in the north of Tehran …

@ehsan_tamrababi … @ehssan.hanif … @elnaz.tehrani … and so many others. Thanks everyone! Hopefully I didn’t missed someone! 😘

#jennyhasselbach #berlinstagram #berlinphotography #berlinstagram #igersberlin #lensculture #phornography #photography #thisveryinstant #yearofthephoto #contemporaryphotography #lightandshadow #canon6d #fujifeed #portraitphoto #iran #tehran #tehran_iran #iran_travel #iran_tourism #irantourist

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach 😚I will show some outtakes from my travel to Iran in a slide show this saturday. F...
27/11/2019

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach 😚I will show some outtakes from my travel to Iran in a slide show this saturday. Feel free to join! It will be in German.
The residency is friendly supported by @ifa.de (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) and the @kaafinstitute Tehran. Thanks to @raf.artprojects
Without the help of Faezeh Jafarian and @that.cypress it would have been possible to design the invitations! Thank you for the translations!!! 🙏
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#tehran_iran #iran_travel #iran_tourism #irantourist #noicemag #ifyouleave #dergreif #archivecollectivemag #yetmagazine #odtakeovers #weltraumzine #inspiration #artofvisuals #designinspiration #artanddesignlovers #artinspiration #artanddesignstudents #graphicdesign #designoftheday #typography #instadesign #designstudio #graphic #berlindesigner #designagency #artdirection #jennyhasselbach #contemporaryphotography #berlinexhibition @ erstererster

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach Hey there! Since 10 days I am back from a marvelous travel to Iran and since a few...
30/09/2019

Posted @withrepost • @jennyhasselbach Hey there! Since 10 days I am back from a marvelous travel to Iran and since a few days I am trying to get an overview of my output (photos, videos and notes I wrote). Although I have quite clear idea about my photo series taken there I’m still overwhelmed by all my impressions. How is Iran? Putting it into words is pretty hard … finding one image seems impossible for me. What image represents Iran according to my experiences? .
In my series I focused on the limitations of the public space, the permanent traffic, the significance of the entrance in Iran aswell as Muharram with its rituals associated with mainly Shia Muslims. Parts of that I am going to show in an exhibition starting on the 22th of November in Berlin and parts will be also published in a book by @raf.artprojects and @kaafinstitute in the future. .

On Instagram I decided to post a few portraits I did besides. Getting in touch with people especially if its beyond language has always been very interesting for me and parts of all previous travels. I love the way people look at you and act. There is always a communication as long as both parties are interested in each other even if there is no exchange of information. But there is a moment of connection. .

Some people I took portraits became friends, have been part of a trip, I meet randomly or stand for something bigger. .

As this young woman with its baby. She passed by on Imam street in Yazd. I saw her and asked here in farsi if I can take a picture of her with her baby. She seemed so above all things to me and radiated a calmness that was special in my eyes.
During Muharram women bring their little children to ritual locations in remembrance of Ali Asghar, the son of Iman Hussein. His son was martyred during the Battle of Karbala, and is commemorated in shia as the »personified quintessence of the innocent victim.«

22/09/2019

Last chance to visit our table with creative and inspiring works by artists and writers: Hannah Jacobi, Shabahang Tayyari, Mohammadreza Mirzaei, Alex Head, Iman Arki, Soorena Pergar.

The referee counts in a boxing match, the auctioneer counts in an auction too. An auction can be unfair, a boxing match ...
19/09/2019

The referee counts in a boxing match, the auctioneer counts in an auction too. An auction can be unfair, a boxing match too. Having been witness of his grandfather’s masterpiece being sold in Tehran Art Auction, Soorena Petgar through metaphors and comparisons expresses his ambivalent feelings towards the art market mechanisms bounded with nostalgia, having art as a familial career and many other personal and social layers in his authentically designed and self printed art books entitled “ARTNOTFAIR”. The selection of papers from his high school notebooks and the visibility of Soorena’s handwriting make the books not only unique for each edition, but also very approachable and lovely. Visit our table in Friends with Books art book fair happening in Hamburger Bahnhof Museum from 20 September 2019. #friendswithbooks #soorenapetgar #artistbook #iranianartist #auction #artauction @ Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

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