Total Arts at the Courtyard is pleased to present:
17th March - 30th April 2018
IRAN/AFRICA, A visual dialogue between the modern and contemporary art scenes in Iran and Africa curated by Fereydoun Ave himself, a collector, artist and curator.
Visual dialogue is an attempt to let the visuals communicate and create a dialogue which in its dynamic is not verbal or intellectual but atmospheric and poetical.
Based in Dubai and located in a professional art storage space is Mr Farhad Bakhtiar's collection of Iranian and African art. It is from this treasure trove that IRAN/AFRICA is being curated.
The series Visual Dialogue is an ongoing series of exhibitions at Total Arts at the Courtyard which started in 2013 with "My favorite things” and continued with ”Roots”(2014), “Behjat Sadr and Nazgol Ansarinia” (2015), "Cy Twombly and the line”(2016), "Image of the self”(2017), "Yektai and Matine-Daftary" (Tehran- 2017).
The exhibition will open On 17th March and will run through out March & April 2018.
Established in 1992, Total Arts relocated to The Courtyard after the inauguration of the building in 1998. Total Arts is recognized as a pioneer on the Dubai arts scene, founded by Dariush Zandi to allow for a creative platform at a time when the Dubai arts scene was beginning to first grow. Since then, it has established itself as an educational platform, raising awareness of both local and international artistic talent. It continues to foster dialogue between established artists and collectors, as well as emerging artists and students from across the region, particularly Iran and the UAE. The gallery’s current activities include a regular roster of lectures, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and artists’ talks.
Mr. Farhad Bakhtiar is a Dubai based collector whose collection of Iranian Modern & Contemporary art, over two decades, has grown organically from a passionate eye’s choice into a spectacular collection. Today, Mr. Bakhtiar’s extensive and broad ranging collection doesn’t limit itself to only Iranian artists, but also outstanding pieces of African artists from various countries that he frequently visits notably Uganda and Kenya, which all together form a visually cohesive collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.