Silent Narratives: international and blockbusting A Dialogue between the ancient and present Silk Road in Yinchuan

On June 1, 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan) will hold an exhibition entitled Silent Narratives, which tries to break the restrictions of time, space as well as region. The Curator Huang Mei cooperated with MOCA Yinchuan and invited 24 (group) artists from various countries along the Silk Road, such as China, Iraq, Israel, Iran and Turkey to present their contemporary works of art together with some ancient historical documentation about the Silk Road in the same space. The exhibition, with the combination of ancient documentation and contemporary works of art, will create an abstract space which ignores the limitations of time, space, culture, history and geography, making possible the cultural and historical exchanges between ancient and modern works in a silent manner…

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan - Silent Narratives


Curator: Mei Huang

“The title Silent Narratives was taken from Chaim Potok’s novel The Chosen, in which he describes: ‘I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own,’” explains Mei Huang in an interview about her curated exhibition Silent Narratives. The exhibition displays the archive of ancient artifacts of the Silk Road in the same space as the contemporary works of 25 artists from various countries along its route, such as China, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Palestine and Lebanon. Silent Narratives makes the cultural and historical exchanges possible between ancient and modern work silently, ignoring the limitations of time and space. As Roberto Mangabeira Unge has stated in The Self Awakened: “Any social theory that would escape the illusions of false necessity without surrendering to the fantasies of an unrestrained utopianism must make sense of this clash between the self-fulfilling prophecies and the recalcitrant facts.” Silent Narratives is not only related to the past, but also takes the present into account, creating narratives among the different struggles faced by the existing societies along its path. Hence, the ancient Silk Road is just an introduction, which invites us to view the world from the perspectives of the history, culture and politics of globalization.

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What are some of the best presentations you’ve seen so far? I always find incredible new artists and I love the “generations” section, it’s my favorite. It tells you how well managed and curated the fair is. The design section has also come along nicely, it’s improved a lot since the beginning. It’s well integrated. It’s not big but they picked great galleries.

The emergent section is also very interesting, I always find something for me as well. I really liked this younger artist  from Iran, Arghavan Khosravi, at a Brussels gallery, Stems. In recent years we’ve lost the appreciation of mastery of technique, which is really the case with her paintings. Whenever I find a new artist at fairs I’m really very excited. It’s not easy to be surprised nowadays, or to be impressed either.

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She Had a Dream, 2018
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Born soon after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian-born artist Arghavan Khosravi watched her country transform from a Western-friendly monarchy into a suppressive republic. Her paintings reflect her experience as a child and teenager living what she felt was a "double life," one that required her to adhere to strict Islamic Law in public, and in private, allowed her the freedom to think and act freely, according to the press release. In She Had a Dream, the artist incorporates an actual rug, cut and applied to the painting, its fringe hanging around the edges of the canvas. Says the press release, "Compositionally the work draws influence from the tradition of Persian miniature painting; utilizing stacked perspective, cutaway views of architecture, bold color, rich detail, and frontal or three quarter views of faces." Khosravi earned her MFA from RISD last year, and has previously exhibited at Fridman Gallery, the Newport Art Museum, and the Seattle Art Fair, among others.

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سیمای پرندگان نام نمایشگاهی است که با آثار ۱۹ هنرمند از ۹ کشور در خاورمیانه و شمال آفریقا هم اکنون در موزه هنری نیوپورت در آمریکا براگزار می شود. از ۱۹ هنرمند شرکت کننده ۹ نفر آنها ایرانی یا ایرانی - آمریکایی هستند.

فرانسین وایس طراح نمایشگاه معتقد است، هر چند نگارخانه ها و نمایشگاه های زیادی در آمریکا به آثار هنر اسلامی یا هنر در دنیای عرب و ایران پرداخته اند، امااین نمایشگاه در ابتدا پاسخی به حوادث ۱۱ سپتامبر و سپس بهار عربی بوده است. او ادامه می دهد: "اگرچه تمرکز نمایشگاه بر روی یک منطقه است، اما به این مفهوم نیست که هنرمندان شرکت کننده دارای هویت یا تجربیات یکسانی هستند، بلکه تمرکز آثار بر روی تکامل هنری در پیش زمینه تاریخی، فرهنگی و جغرافیایی است و به ویژه آنکه نظری هم بر هویت فرهنگی، مرزها و مهاجرت که موضوعی روزآمد هست نیز دارد."

سمیرا علی خانزاده، گوهر دشتی، مینو امامی، شادی قدیریان، پوران خنجی، ارغوان خسروی، آزیتا مرادخانی، سمن سجاسی و هایده شفیعی هنرمندان ایرانی این نمایشگاه هستند. دیگر هنرمندان از کشورهای عراق، لبنان، کویت، فلسطین، عربستان، سوریه و جمهوری آذربایجان هستند.

The Shapes of Birds: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa Newport Art Museum

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Over the past few decades, the Middle East and North Africa have experienced immense political, ideological, and sociological changes. In 2010, the world watched as the Tunisian Revolution became the “Arab Spring.” With the use of social media, activists and protestors organized protests, resisted their governments, and made the world aware of crimes against humanity. In the art world, recent years have brought an unprecedented number of exhibitions devoted to Islamic art and art of the “Arab World and Iran” or the “Middle East.”

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Opening: “Strange Beach” at Fridman Gallery “Strange Beach,” which brings together work by Arghavan Khosravi, Nate Lewis, and Tajh Rust, considers different ways to consider the human body. Figurative works abound, though each artist’s approach to the style is quite different. Lewis’s works on paper often center on social histories; Khosravi’s paintings, influenced by Persian miniature and Surrealism, grapple with notions of citizenship; and Rust’s portraits address perceptions of race.