Selected by Aidin Xankeshipour | "Agog: Last Research": +2
A group presentation of works by Behnoush Hadiirani, Fatima Faraji, Masoud Mirzaie, Mohadeseh Taheri, Mohammad Hosein Xatamifar, Saeedeh Mighani and Shayan Shahabi, selected by Aidin Xankeshipour at +2.
+2 presents an Aidin Xankeshipour-curated exhibition titled “Agog: Last Research”, with a selection of works by Shayan Shahabi, Saeideh Mighani, Mohammad Hossein Khatamifar, Mohaddeseh Taheri, Masoud Mirzaei, Fatima Faraji and Behnoush Haadi Irani. The exhibition will open Friday February 4, 2022 and shall be on view until Friday February 18.
The first “Agog” exhibition was held in 2016 at Not Art Gallery in Tehran, in collaboration with Dastan, presenting the works of 27 artists. These exhibitions aim at introducing artists whose works have not seen the light of an “official” art space. Conceived by Aidin Xankeshipour and planned five years apart, "Agog" respond to a need to foreword new voices despite the qualitative and quantitative growths in art spaces in Iran.
What binds these artists together is not how or what they choose to work on, but way they see the process of creating a work. Avoiding trends and market mandates, what they all have in common is a tendency to dig deeper every day in what we can call "scenes of experimentation and learning"; not an academic one per se, but the will to understand the properties of their medium and to get closer to a vision with full attention to the process. Works of drawing, painting, and sculpture have found their way into "Agog: Last Research", occupying a place between being and becoming, a means to create meaning, a wholesome piece of art. Xankeshipour has followed these artists’ practices closely for the past 4 to 10 years.