Group Presentation | "Soft Edge of the Blade Vol. 2": Zaal Art Gallery

28 October 2023 - 31 May 2024 Zaal

A Group Peresentation of works by Iranian Contemporary Artists.

Reza Abedini, Nasser Bakhshi, Homa Delvaray. Hoda Kashiha, Reza Aramesh, Kiarash Alimi, Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam, Behjat Sadr, Kour Pour, Sina Ghadaksaz, Milad Mousavi, Mehrdad Mohebali, Andisheh Avini, Parviz Tanavoli, Hoda Zarbaf, Hadi Alijani, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Amin Montazeri, Meghdad Lorpour, Asal Peirovi, Farrokh Mahdavi, Mamali Shafahi, Melika Shafahi, Sina Shiri, Shayan Sajadian, Maryam Ayeen, Mohammad Hossein Gholamzadeh, Fereydoun Ave, Mehran Mohajer, Makan Negahban, Raana Farnoud, Farah Ossouli, Shohreh Mehran, Peybak, Simin Keramati, Mahsa Merci, Atefeh Majidi Nezhad, Alborz Kazemi, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Iman Raad, Ardeshir Mohassess, Sepand Danesh, Nicky Nodjoumi, Sam Samiee, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Ghasemi Brothers, Sahand Hesamiyan, Shahrzad Jahan, Kolsum Salehi

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Press release

Dastan Gallery is proud to announce the inauguration of its new space, Zaal Art Gallery, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with “Soft Edge of the Blade Vol. 2”, the second edition of a series that began at Frieze’s No.9 Cork Street in London (2022). The show features a long list of contemporary Iranian artists whose works will be showcased at two venues concurrently: Art Toronto (October 26-29, 2023) and Zaal Art Gallery (October 28 – December 28, 2023).

This series of exhibitions, “Soft Edge of the Blade,” focuses on how contemporary Iranian artists approach different aspects of violence in its various “soft,” symbolic, hidden, or underlying guises. As a series, “Soft Edge of the Blade” encompasses an expansive scope, with its outlook not merely limited to the more visible “state” violence of war or political oppression. Its perspective extends to a plethora of more insidious forms of “soft” violence affecting Iranians today: migration and diaspora, identity and gender, patriarchy, tradition, family, the impact of the complexities of history on day-to-day life, language and its outreach into the layers of life and thought, fear of persecution, and much more.

“Soft Edge of the Blade” allows the audience to continue exploring Iran’s contemporary art scene, focusing on powerful themes that are alive, heart-wrenching, and relevant to global audiences today.