Frieze | "Soft Edge of the Blade": No.9 Cork Street
Dastan presents the first in a new series of exhibitions, called 'Soft Edge of the Blade', at Frieze's No.9 Cork Street in February 2022.
Title: "Soft Edge of the Blade"
Artists: Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Ali Banisadr, Amin Montazeri, Andisheh Avini, Ardeshir Mohassess, Bahman Mohassess, Bita Fayyazi, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Farah Ossouli, Farrokh Mahdavi, Fereydoun Ave, Ghasem Hajizadeh, Ghasemi Brothers, Hoda Kashiha, Homa Delvaray, Mamali Shafahi, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam, Nasser Bakhshi, Nicky Nodjoumi, Parviz Tanavoli, Peybak, Reza Aramesh, Sahand Hesamiyan, Sam Samiee, Shayan Sajadian and Sina Shiri
Date: 10 Feb - 1 March 2022
Location: London, UK
Address: 9 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LL
Dastan presents the first in a new series of exhibitions, called 'Soft Edge of the Blade', at Frieze's No.9 Cork Street in February 2022. This will be a 'Dastan Outside' event, gathering a long list of contemporary Iranian artists.
The focus of this project is on how Iranian artists today deal, in their work, with different aspects of violence in its various 'soft', symbolic, hidden or underlying guises, common to the "Middle East". The outlook is not limited to the more obviously visible 'state' violence of war or political oppression. The intended scope is broader and more subtle, extending to numerous more insidious forms of ‘soft’ violence affecting Iranians today: migration and diaspora, identity and gender, patriarchy and family, the impact of the complexities of history on the day-to-day life of Iranians at home and/or abroad, the use of language - e.g. on social media - to disparage or oppress…
'Soft Edge of the Blade' allows UK audiences to continue exploring Iran’s contemporary scene, with a focus on powerful themes of relevance and interest to global audiences.