Dastan Gallery: Realism

13 - 29 April

Dastan Gallery, from Tehran, present 'Realism', a group exhibition examining the tension between the idea of realism, the realities of real-life experiences, and the notion of realism as an artistic aesthetic.

“Realism” includes works by: Kiarash Alimi, Reza Aramesh, Fereydoun Ave, Maryam Ayeen & Abbas Shahsavar, Andisheh Avini, Gohar Dashti, Homa Delvaray, Mitra Farahani, Sahand Hesamiyan, Rana Javadi, Y.Z. Kami, Ghasem Hajizadeh, Alborz Kazemi, Shohreh Mehran, Mehran Mohajer, Mehrdad Mohebali, Farhad Moshiri, Pooya Razi, Behjat Sadr, Shayan Sajadian, Sina Shiri, Soheila Sokhanvari, Newsha Tavakolian. The presentation is accompanied by works of the Ghasemi Brothers, Mohammad Hossein Gholamzadeh, Farrokh Mahdavi, Farah Ossouli, Peybak, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, and Mamali Shafahi in the Viewing Room. 

The realities of real-life experiences depicted in this show, refer particularly to the lives of Iranians and their endurance as humans living through difficult times of civil strife and economic survival. These artists express, paint, draw or sculpt what they see, feel and experience. It's certainly real, and to represent it, you sometimes have to use realistic aesthetics to make the hard point, and sometimes you have to appeal to the interpretation of it; expressly an impression of what is real along with an emotion of what is real.


Sina Shiri, Untitled 2017
Sina Shiri. Untitled. 2017. 6x7 Negative Film. 80 x 100 cm. (Courtesy of the Artist and Dastan Gallery)