NYC TO TEHRAN – TEHRAN TO NYC

By - Thursday, May 29th, 2014



Art is political. From subject matter to territory, it is hard to escape the political nature of the art world both in the galleries and out in the streets. While most artists stay away from politics and social issues, exiles Icy & Sot are one of the few exceptions to the rule. The duo look to push through decades of propaganda between the West and their home country of Iran with simultaneous group shows in Brooklyn and Tehran.

After 35 years of propaganda emanating from both countries, NYC to Tehran and the correlating Tehran to NYC group shows are the first of its kind given that in Iran many Anti-Western cultural laws exist restricting the ability to promote such events. Not to be silenced, the youth of Iran are utilizing their majority to fight back and emerging underground scenes within the various mediums of music and art can be found. Despite these efforts, there is little street art in Iran besides the political murals commissioned by the Islamic Republic of Iran. In curating these shows, Icy & Sot look to push through the boundaries imposed by politics and connect the country they fled with the place they now call home.

From June 13th-15th, two concurring street art shows will take place exhibiting the works of 35 NYC based artists in Tehran, Iran, and 10 Iranian artists in Brooklyn, NYC. This cultural exchange initiated by Iranian exile artists, Icy and Sot is a first of its kind as there have only been a handful of street art shows in Iran, even less exhibiting foreign artists. Opening parties for both cities will take place simultaneously on June 13th, with the time difference in mind.

TEHRAN TO NYC:
June 13th-16th
TBA Brooklyn Gallery
58 South 6th Street
Brooklyn, NYC
Opening Party: Friday June 13th, 6- 11 PM
w/DJ set from Rahill (Habibi)

Exhibiting Artists:
ILL | MAD | FRZ | CK1 | NAFIR | PST | CAVE2 | JASON | HOSHVAR | SHAHRIYAR BOURAND



NYC TO TEHRAN:
June 13th-25th
Seyhoun Art gallery
NO. 11 4th Street, Vozara Avenue
Tehran, Iran
Opening Party: Friday June 13th, 4-8 pm

Exhibiting Artists:
ALICE MIZRACHI | BAMN | CHRIS STAIN | RUBIN | HELLBENT | VEXTA | ELLE | COL WALLNUTS | SONNI | JOE IURATO | LOGAN HICKS | BISHOP203 | CERN | ENZO AND NIO | ENX | KET | EZO | ASVP | SOFIA | ICY AND SOT | QRST | PHETUS | CAKE | RUSSELL KING | ROYCE BANNON | CONTEMPORARY ADULT MUSIC | CRUZ | ELSOL25 | NDA | LNY | GILF | SEE ONE | BUTTSUP

Text: Bomb Hanks

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