Artists | 2014

Adel Abidin
Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad and currently lives between Helsinki and Amman. He’s presented his work in several biennials such as Biennale of Contemporary Art of Bosnia 2013, 54th Venice Biennale- Iraq Pavilion, 2011, 10th Sharjah Biennial, 2011, 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2011, 11th Cairo Biennale and the 52nd Venice Biennale- Nordic Pavilion (2007).
Selected group exhibitions include MACRO-Museum, Rome, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Station Museum, Houston, NY New Museum, Gwangiu Museum of Art, South Korea.National Gallery of Victoria, Malbourne in 2014; Hauser & Wirth Gallery, London, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2013 & 2012), Singapore Art Museum, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Mead Gallery, UK in 2013; Palais de Tokyo, Arab World Institute, Paris, ARTER- Space for Art, Istanbul in 2012 and many more.Selected solo exhibitions are Forum Box Gallery, 2014, Helsink, 2013, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai; 2012 ARTER, Istanbul; 2011 Darat al Funun, Amman; 2010 Centre of Contemporary Art in Salamanca, Spain, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. Upcoming solo exhibition: Sultan Gallery, Kuwait.

  Artist Statement
Memorial is based on a real event that I witnessed when I was 17 years old on the third day of the bombardment of Baghdad in 1991. On that day I heard that American air forces had bombed the Al-Jumhuriyya Bridge, one of my favorite bridges in the city. Devastated and in shock, I did not know how to react. The next day, I cycled downtown, to see if it was true. As I approached the bridge, which had been broken off completely in two places, I saw a strange scene: a dead cow on one side of the fallen bridge. I started imagining different scenarios about the death of this poor cow. Why she was there in the first place? Where had she come from? Why was she alone? Lately, I have been consumed with thoughts on our human need to gather, to feel connected and be assured that we are not alone. I remember that cow, and after almost 19 years, I envision the circumstances of the horrible ending, as she jumps in vain trying to reach the other side. This installation is a memorial to her.


Ashkan Abdoli
Ashkan Abdoli Was born in 1983 and resides and works in Tehran. Abdoli received a BA in Visual Arts in 2007 and a BA in Illustration in 2009. In 2009, Ashkan Abdoli’s first solo exhibition was held at Nar Gallery, Tehran. He also had solo exhibitions; Cite des Art, Paris 2010, Nar Gallery, Tehran 2010 and Etemad Gallery, Tehran 2012. Abdoli participated in group exhibitions in different media such as drawing, painting and lithography in Tehran and New York.The concurrency of war and his childhood has influenced his work, From another view, the subjects range focus on political, social and economic conditions.

  Artist Statement
Ashkan Abdoli Was born in 1983 and resides and works in Tehran. Abdoli received a BA in Visual Arts in 2007 and a BA in Illustration in 2009. In 2009, Ashkan Abdoli’s first solo exhibition was held at Nar Gallery, Tehran. He also had solo exhibitions; Cite des Art, Paris 2010, Nar Gallery, Tehran 2010 and Etemad Gallery, Tehran 2012. Abdoli participated in group exhibitions in different media such as drawing, painting and lithography in Tehran and New York.The concurrency of war and his childhood has influenced his work, From another view, the subjects range focus on political, social and economic conditions.


Majid Abbasi Farahani
Majid Abbasi Farahani was born in Tehran in June1979, and has pursued the arts ever since his adolescence. Though Majid studied architecture at the University, he soon left his programmed to focus his attention on his art, and in 2004, held his first solo exhibition. Since then, Majid has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Iran, as well as around the world, such as in Italy, England and South America. In addition, he has been a long standing member of the Society of Iranian Painters Majid’s work explores a variety of subjects, mostly personal and political. Many of Majid’s later works feature images and sentiments relating to the Iran war, as well as post-Revolutionary Iran in general. In his latest works, Majid has also been experimenting with new media, particularly light, as well as dynamite and bullets, among others.

  Artist Statement
Struggle for Survival and the Sin of Being Alive Evolution is to alter along with duplication. Evolutionary changes lead to adaptability and generally are based on a conversion from one generation to the next. Darwin and Wallace have said that natural selection is the mechanism which propels the compromise evolution. Darwin believed that the general rule that leads to progress of all organic animates is the rule of “Duplicate! Alter! ”This rule leads to the survival of the strongest and dying of the weakest. In Majid Abbasi Farahani’s art, we are faced with apes and humans, which have duplicated, have altered and have stood out and they have many commonalities. This is a phenomenon, which almost all of us know or leastwise are familiar with. A life, a life like living in Tehran and moving to continue living in this maze and complicated city, motorcyclists of Majid Abbasi are like to surrounded soldiers who are forced to move fast, battle for survival and try to make a change in the conclusion if they can. Reaching drawing and drawing with light, contrast of the subject with blank and vacuum background and also the portrait in the light boxes which have shown with fine and luminous lines, are all narration of this life, this battle and struggle for survival which if it’s not compatible with natural selection will be doomed to destruction.


Ghodratollah Agheli
Ghodratollah Agheli was born in 1968 in Jolfa city east of Azarbaijan province in Iran. After finishing primery and secondary education, he seriously started to learn the arts from painting and drawing mastrers of Mirak Art School of Tabriz. His passionate interest in arts and painting convinced him to leave Tabriz for Tehran where he started to learn sculpture techniques under supervision of masters of visual arts center of Tehran for four consecutive years and won grade ll in art and from then on he is working professionally and eagerly in artistic fields Agheli has not only succeeded to hold over 25 solo exibitions during these years but also he has participated in 60 group biennial exibitions and artistic expositions in Iran, Germany, France, England, Austria, Ukraine, Morocco, Dubai and Qatar. About 40 monumental sculptures, embossed artworks, urban monuments make up the casework of the hard working artist. His momnumental sculptures can be found either in Iran art museums or private collections. He is member of Iranian Society of Sculptors Board of Directors he is launching a comperehensive and professional website on sculptures,”iran “ Abdoli participated in group exhibitions such as Drawing, painting and Lithographs in Tehran and New York. The concurrency of war and his childhood has influenced his works, from another view the subjects range focused on political, social and Economic conditions. He is also active in conducting field and experimental studies, analytical searches, setting down specialized articles such as ''researches on the Roots of Designs of Iranian “Kilim,””Islamic Designs Collection” and, ””Fifty Years of Iranian Contemporary Art”and ect. His ”One Hundred Years of Modern Sculpture” is under publication. His collection “Venus in the Land of Trobles“ was presented in 2012. And now, his latest collection “Gradual death of a smile” is put on display in (Tehran Azad Gallery).

  Artist Statement
Once there is a balance between peace and justice, we may let go of many images of death and extinction, and link the concept of silence to life.


Shaown Akand
Shaown Akand was Born in 1976 in Kushtia, Bangladesh He is an artist, researcher and curator based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka in 1997. He is the key person/coordinator of CRACK Bangladesh, a non-profit organization, platform for alternative art practice in Bangladesh. He is also the curator of Gallery Jolrong, one of the Distinguished galleries in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  Artist Statement
Michel Foucault, a French philosopher’s lifelong work on the opposite spectrum of mega-narrative got inversely transformed with his follower’s practices in later period. He ended up becoming a mega-narrative against which he had striven all his life. In this artwork, I have tried to explain that how someone’s thoughts and actions are interpreted by others in different ways; sometimes even completely change/ alter the original meaning.


Ghada Ali
Ghada Ali is an Independent Short Films Director & Producer, Freelance Writer & Scenarist. She had been the Producer of reports of the famous Egyptian Show; “Sahebet Al saada,”Season Two, CBC TV Channel. Directed “The Answer is Tunis” fantasy in a Short Docudrama Film, “Life Out of Mess” Short Film, “Al saat Square” -winning Best Silent Short film at one of the festivals awarded at Cairo Opera House - and “Coma” Short Fiction Film, December 2014. Global coordinator of art and theatre’ exchange programs between (Egypt & India). Egypt’s Ambassador for the WPMP (Worldwide Peace Marker Project) collective of Artists around the world.She graduated from Cairo University, English Section in 2013 in Mass Communication.

  Artist Statement
The film is showing a world between “Reality and Dreams” with a young child actress who tells her story in a silent short dramatic film.


Misa Alves
Misa Alves is a Painter, sculptor, poetess and activist for the creation of a cultural bridge between Africa and Europe. She was born in Cabo Verde in 1962, and has lived in Switzerland for 17 years. She went to Porto, Madeira (Santiago island), to make a deck of contemporary art, by creating artists residency and by rehabilitating this village, and to make sure that the village can live I a country and environmental tourism through art. She received the WW Summit Foundation Prize in Switzerland for the recognition of creativity in a rural environment. In March, 2010, she edited the first free newspaper to write the oral world, and to allow so to make more dynamic and to reverse the instructive contents which is to write the official language and that they do not speak,and to live with the oral world which one writes not.

  Artist Statement
Having in heritage a rich legacy , where art and poetry stride in the beauty and admiration of millennial knowledge.Where do all these priceless values lay in the heart of each one...this huge treasure of the soul.In awareness that educates inside the thoughtfulness and unity of things that can be dreamed.Watch the artist who creates to hear the World sing the CHORUS of Progress, and I can only fetch a few names that carry this echo of change Reza Deghati, photographer, Afshin Ghafjanian, dancer, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, filmmaker, Shohreh Feyzdjou and Parastou Forouhar, painters. Progress in the human values to harmonize Life that meditates,Loves,sings to the sowing of the seed of love in joy and happiness. Being part of this big WPMP family, I have a wish to make that peace may be fruitful in the heart of each and every one It is about going beyond the frontier to blend in this struggle that sets free in terrestrial conscience to create, believe and love in the nest of intuition and divinely promising hope hence, Watering this garden with a sharing smile Sharing...the favorit word of a God all live peace in Iran in its World just as in mine.


Mohammadreza Amoozad
Mohamadreza Amoozad was Born in 1974 in Behshar, Iran, Mohammadreza Amoozaad Mehdiraji received his BA in painting and graphic studies. He teaches in several art universities in Tehran. He has held two solo and more than twenty group exhibitions inside and outside Iran, authored 7 books in the area of calligraphy and several articles regarding calligraphy and book designing, along with delivering lectures at national and international seminars. Experiencing with sculpture and combining it with calligraphy since 1999, and presenting such artworks as the altar of Imam Hadi Mosque in Neishaboor, the portal inscription of the Art Faculty Building No. 2 of Mashhad Ferdowsi University and the inscriptions of Iran embassy in Karbala.

  Artist Statement
Peace is the messenger of friendship and tenderness, and people around the world receive this message in different ways. This exhibition is also an alibi to express either an unconditional peace or a peace with humane conditions.


Nazgol Ansarinia
Nazgol Ansarinia received her MFA from the California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco in 2003 and her BA in Graphic and Media Design from the University of the Arts, London.

   Artist Statement
The work series reflections/refractions is a visual exploration in the complexities of reflecting on everyday reality with a focus on newspapers as one of the spaces into which such reflections appear. The works refer to the structural, visual and symbolic aspects of mirror mosaic to speak about such complexities.


Govindah Sah Azad
Govinda Sah Azad was born in 1974, in Rajbiraj, Nepal. From an early age he was interested in drawing and sculpture. He left Nepal to live in India and from 94-1991, worked as a sign board and wall painter in Delhi. In 1995, he returned to Kathmandu and joined the Fine Art College to realize his dream to become a painter. During his studies, he participated in several group exhibitions which resulted in a successful first solo exhibition in 1999. It was at this point that the Professor and Campus Chief of the Fine Art College and prominent artist Govinda Dongol dubbed Govinda Sah as “Lion Heart”. From March-June 2000, Govinda began a nationwide cycle tour to spread the awareness of peace through art under title The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace. During the three month tour, he held several art shows, workshops, and gave lectures in schools and to community groups. Govinda then travelled and held solo exhibitions in Mumbai, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh and returned to Nepal to graduate with a BA in Fine Art in 2003. He joined the MA Fine Art course in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2006, but relatively soon thereafter acquired sponsorship and moved to the UK to study. Govinda obtained an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008. This young and prolific artist has held numerous solo art exhibitions and group shows in Nepal and internationally. He has also co-ordinated a number of art workshops under the sponsorship of the UN and Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. Some of his exhibitions have been sponsored and organized by the British Council in Nepal and Egypt’s Ambassador to Nepal. Govinda Sah’s works can be found in private collections worldwide.

  Artist Statement
Sounds are differences, but one voice, colors are many but one light, the feelings are many but one desire, culture are many but one identity: that is PEACE. This exhibition represents the inner vision of each individual to culture that seeks for peace as that is their main roots and identity.


Navid Azimi Sajadi
Navid Azimi Sajadi was born in 1982 in Tehran, Iran. He currently lives and works in Rome, Italy. He received his BA in painting from Azad Art University in Tehran in 2005. He has held many solo exhibitions including several shows at the Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Atman Gallery in Rome and Art’N Progress Art Gallery in Rome in additional to many group exhibitions.


Tammam Azzam
Tammam Azzam was Born in Damascus in 1980, Tammam Azzam lives and works in Dubai. He received his formal training from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus with a concentration in oil painting. Recently, he has participated in solo and group exhibitions at such venues as Rush Arts, New Yorkin 2014; FotoFest Biennial, Houston in 2014; Ayyam Gallery, London in 2013; the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia in 2013; Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai in  2009 & 2012; Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai in 2011.

  Artist Statement
Syrian artist Tammam Azzam creates a ‘hybrid form’ of painting through the application of various media, arriving at interactions between surface and form that borrow and ositions evolve. Unconventional materials such as rope, clothespins, and other found objects are employed to create depth, texture, and space, achieving a striking balance between ordinary objects and the expanse of the picture plane despite a visible tension. Following the start of the uprising in Syria, Azzam turned to digital media to create visual composites of the conflict that have resonated with viewers. These widely-distributed works are informed by his interest in the interventionist potential of digital photography and street art as powerful and direct forms of protest that are difficult to suppress. In early 2013, Azzam made worldwide headlines when his work Freedom Graffiti went viral on social media. Enlisting one of the most iconic works of art, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, to protest the country›s suffering, he superimposed a recognizable image of love over the walls of war-torn Damascus. Recently, he has returned to painting with monumental works that communicate the magnitude of the devastation experienced across his native country with expressionist compositions of destroyed structures.


Masoumeh Bakhtiari
Masoumeh Bakhtiari was born in 1966. She’s participated in more than 20 national and international group exhibitions in addition to several solo shows in Iran, the US, England, Nederland, Belgium, Austria and Germany.

  Artist Statement
Masoumeh Bakhtiary doesn’t simply draw out these moments for the sake of exhibitionism, but recreates it in the process of painting. She transforms milliseconds into months and, in this way, links inhibitions (as opposed to exhibitions) and momentary joys of the middle class lifestyle. Through the act of painting, she turns these pauses to life itself. It could be that the time spent to depict these milliseconds engenders colored floral motifs that stand for growth and stability, but also function like fungi that stultify the desire to stay in the moments of fun. In these paintings, the artist fuses the subject matter and the painting material through the act of painting. The aesthetic element is no longer the end product, but the practice itself and its relationship to the subject-matter…


Yousha Bashir
Yousha Bashir is a process-oriented artist who explores multifaceted media such as sculpture, painting, video, and installation. His primary interests in his work are the reflection of the self, construction/deconstruction, suspension and duality. Yousha Bashir is an Iranian artist who was born in the Philippines and moved to Iran in his early childhood. He now works and lives in Tehran. He received his B.A. In Visual Arts from Tarbiat Moalem University in 2011. He has held solo as well as group exhibitions in Iran, United States, Georgia and Vienna since 2011.

  Artist Statement
The effect of “Flower” can have different meanings for me. It seems to be a multi definition piece, depending on the bed it lies on. In my opinion, flower can be a symbol of friendship and a messenger of peace. This flower is white, which could remind us of peace. At the center of this flower, there are silver balls which reflect the surrounding space, as the flower wants to swallow the surroundings and purify them with its whiteness. In this whiteness, there is a red scratch hidden behind. The scratch is expressive of a scar, formed through time, to reach the concept of peace, and is always veiled in this concept, not at first sight, but at second glance.


Amira Behbahani
Amira Behbahani a Kuwaiti self taught artist who began painting in 2003 and participated in various international and local art exhibitions. In 2011 got involved in an international peace organization called PEACE ONE DAY and marked Kuwait the first Arab country to celebrate peace on the 21 September 2012, and in 2013 was appointed as the peace ambassador for WPMP in Kuwait.

  Artist Statement
Artist Statement and Biography, Amira Behbehani Born in Kuwait 1964 to a Kuwaiti mother and Persian Father, Amira Behbehani, mother of two, studied in Kuwait. Her interest in art started at the age of 14 but in collecting artworks from various artist, local and international. Thereafter she worked in 1995 as an account executive in an advertising agency owned by her uncle. In 1998 she was appointed to manage the Service & Design department in the same company, thereby becoming exposed to, and forging relations with, many local and international artists in commercial photography and framing. After leaving the company in 2002/2001, Amira began painting and had her first exhibition in 2005 with the artist Hamza Bonu at Dar Al-funoon gallery, Kuwait. Since then she has been participating in group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in different parts of the region. In 2006, she exhibited at Institute De Monde Arab, Paris, with other Kuwaiti artists.In 2010 Amira came across a non -profit organization called Peace OneDay, an organization founded by Jeremy Gilly, a British documentary director, whose mission was to bring about peace awareness in the world.After meeting with Gilly, Amira organized a charity event in Kuwait in 2012 in the form of an art exhibition whereby local and international artists wereable to help contribute to peace awareness in the region. The event was the first of its kind in the region.Amira is always drawn by the concepts behind the human figure and their thoughts, her work is mainly about theories and studies and it involves concepts that she wonders about.


Ana Borzone
Ana is an accomplished artist with an international reach. Her sculptures are found in many important collections and she continues to exhibit internationally sharing with her audiences an ever expanding repertoire and creativity. Her professional career spans 15 years.A notable commission was the 2011 sculpture, Canto Al Trabajo 2.0, for the International Organization for Labor in Geneva commissioned by the Ministry of Labor in Argentina. Her most recent exhibit took place during Art Week 2012 in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires.


Beth Carter Bell
Beth Carter Bell is an artist who has the education and the years of expertise in human resource assets, plus, a unique gift for the organization of large complex installations with many simultaneous different components. The scope of the WPMP collective is mind-numbing and its documentation a milestone in the collection of data at a global level. One can only wish that this pioneering effort comes to fruition just as the project itself is a task that has never been done before.

  Artist Statement
Human consciousness is discovering “LIFE” in the sense of our direct connection with nature as the human-nature, we created for ourselves has failed to deliver a sustainable civilization. Our new partnership with nature, therefore, is the alternative route to the extinction route that we are in at present. The light is on, let us follow it…


Kat Epple
Kat Epple has released 30 music albums internationally, composed music for film scores and television soundtracks, and performed live original music featuring synthesizers and flutes with her various ensembles, including the “Space Music” band Emerald Web.Kat’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning compositions include an amazing variety of musical styles including World Music, New Age, Jazz, Metal, Orchestral Film Scores, Electronic Space Music, Native, and Ambient Music.Kat has produced film scores and television soundtracks for NationalGeographic, Nova, CNN, Carl Sagan, Another World, The Travel Channel,Turner Broadcasting System, History Channel, HGN, The Guiding Light,Children’s Books, PBS, and NASA among others. Kat has performed music at the Guggenheim Museums, MetropolitanMuseum of Art, The United Nations, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Italy, U.S.National Gallery, London’s Union Chapel, and with The Merce Cunningham Dance Company.For twenty years, legendary visual artist, Robert Rauschenbergcommissioned her to perform at his art openings internationally. She currently performs and records with The Devin Townsend Project, Emerald Web, Sonic Combine, and Anthropology Band. She often travels the world collecting flutes from other cultures that which she features in her original compositions and performances.

  Artist Statement
Kat Epple on flute and Frank Smith on acoustic guitar perform in concert at the historic Arcade Theatre. This song is from their album, “Earth Spring”.


Naghmeh Fakourzadeh
Naghmeh Fakoorzadeh was born in 1978. She’s participated in more than 30 national and international group exhibitions and has had two solo shows. She was awarded in the 5th Tehran Biennial of Sculpture and the Special Prize of the 2nd Tehran Biennial of Urban Areas. She has cooperated with the board of directors of Sculptors Association for two years.

  Artist Statement
Imagine we are the last of what’s left of humankind on earth, and human is not able to regenerate. Imagine that the assuming human who has the eternity ambition, gets close to its end. Now he needs a savior… and the only hope is the children who grow up one day; weak and helpless creatures of whom the most violence is aimed; to whom the most harm of war and genocide is aimed. And now our only hope is the very helpless child. We may remain in the purgatory turmoil for many years. And we will think why the organization of Animals Support was founded first and many years later, that of Children…. The assuming man is thinking of himself ever and ever, and maybe this incidence creates a generation of children who, in a specific point of history, make an end to this belligerence. Maybe a generation of children comes into existence who are free of violence and full of tenderness…


Alireza Fani
Alireza Fani was born in 1975 in Tehran-Iran. He received a diploma in graphic design from Chamran technical high school in Gorgan, in 1994 he entered into Azad university of art and architecture and studied graphic design then he resigned in 2000. He has been working as graphic designer, art director and freelance photographer since 1997 and started to be more focus on fine art photography since 2007.

  Artist Statement
My hugs depict romanticism, which is rare these days.


Khosrow Hasanzadeh
Khosrow Hasanzadeh was born in 1963, Tehran. Lives and works in Tehran and London.

  Artist Statement
I am from downtown Tehran. I have always chosen to make my work about the subjects that are closest to me to the popular people of Iran. I love the richness of my culture and traditions and I embrace the often surprising and humorous way in which they penetrate and express themselves in contemporary society. Iran is a deeply visual country, life is written and painted all around me in everyday local things and street life. I always use popular mediums and materials; silkscreen, painting, collage, cheap paper. My work is always about the unknown people because I believe in their importance and sacrifice, I believe they are the root and the solution to everything.


Sahand Hessamiyan
Sahand Hessamiyan was born in Tehran, Iran in 1977, He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Tehran University. Primarily interactive and derived from Islamic architecture, Hesamiyan’s work extends the intense relationship between angles, symmetry and structure beyond the mere reflection and repetition of the forms. His welded steel sculptures are large, dynamic abstract forms that playfully challenge the viewer’s perception of Islamic art, eradicating its often-associated ornamental quality.

  Artist Statement
As an “Unknown” piece, it introduces mysteries and beauties of its origin and nativity.


Icy & Sot
ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are stencils artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. They continue on their creative crusade to dismantle preconceived perceptions of a fleeting Iranian tradition through their striking stencil artwork. Since 2006, they have made paramount accomplishments in Iranian urban art culture as both skaters and artists, creating an international buzz by playing it anyway, but safe, their works are about war, peace, hope, despair, society issues and human rights .The two brothers have held numerous exhibitions around the world and their outdoor works have been seen on the streets of Iran, Turkey, Paris, Berlin, Norway, Italy and New York to name a few.

  Artist Statement
Make Art, Not War is a stop motion animation by Two brothers and graffiti artists ICY & SOT, a tank enters a cardboard city and starts to shoot into the surrounding buildings.


Mohsen Irani
Mohsen Irani is a painter who has been influenced by figurative art movements. He teaches and lives in Tehran, Iran. He received his BA from the University of Architecture and Art, Tehran. He continued to pursue his MA in painting at the Soureh University of Fine Arts. Mohsen Irani paintings explore the weakness and vulnerability, which hide behind muscles and strength. He exposes the terrible experience of existence which lurks under human physical beauty. In his drawings and paintings, the body is not a symbol of beauty and healthiness, but is a muscular coverage trapped the mankind inside, and sometimes it changes too much, so that it is difficult to recognize human body from that of animals.

  Artist Statement
At the zenith of my imagination tree caress; A bird would rest in the shadow of peace.


Mohsen Jamalinik
Mohsen Jamali Nik was born in Tehran in 1979. Graduated from Jihad University in painting (Karaj Branch) in 2005, and has been painting professionally ever since. Participating in the 1st annual “Art in Eastern Nature” was his first exhibition held at Saba Gallery.From then on, he continued his work in tens of group exhibitions in Iran or abroad. Among his most important exhibitions are the 3rd Bejing Biennial of Painting in 2008, an exhibition which addressed “Persian Gulf” in Westminster University of London in 2010, “Magic Persia Charity Program” in Dubai in 2011, group exhibition at Nicolas Flamel in Paris in 2014, among other activities in Iran and several solo exhibitions addressing different subjects in Tehran and Dubai galleries including Homa, Ave, Art Total, XVA and Aun galleries. Since 2005, Jamali Nik has been following different subjects in his paintings, and from the aesthetic views, he almost has and expressionistic approach. He also has a different look to Iranian painting, which could be seen in his recent works. Some of his most significant collections are: “Becket Eastern Purple,” “From Basics to Concepts,” “From Concepts to Meanings,” “Disaster of Millennium,” “Hardon,” “Contemporary Mirrors,” “Battle for Godot,” “Bite and Drink,” “Nazarabad” and an exhibition titled “Sybur.”

  Artist Statement
Peace is a pearl, a precious gem inside the shell of human conscience disguised among the gloom of the arsenals’ smoke. The day when these arsenals are powered off, peace will be manifested.


Katayoun Karami
Katayoun Karami was born in 1967 in Tehran, Iran. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad, including a show in SOAS, University of London, UK, Mohsen and Shirin and Azad Galleries in Tehran, Iran and Devi Art Foundation in India.


Babak Kazemi
Babak Kazemi Started his professional career in photography in 1996 as a self-taught experimentalist. Uses mostly collage techniques immersed in petroleum products, sometimes considered «petroleum printing». Selected individual exhibitions in Tehran, Iran: 2010 - Suggestion for Group 1+5 - Homa Gallery 2008 - Past Participle - Silkroak Gallery 2007 - Cow›s Mentality - Silkroad Gallery 2007 - Women - Mehrva Gallery 2006 - Cow›s Mentality Documentary - Mah e Mehr Gallery 2005 - H2S - Mehrva Gallery. Has also participated in nearly fifty group and individual exhibitions in and outside of Iran.

  Artist Statement
Sir Yes Sir
Military service in Iran which remain as a memory in common among boys, is obligationary and there are always many guys who try to find a way to escape from going to military service. The time when I was passing my military service was at the same time as the famous presidential election in Iran and all happenings after that about the green movement. I had to go on the streets and fight against the people of my country, wether I was against or with them in the opposition side. It was my responsibility as a soldier for Iran.I didn't have the right to choose anything but this.IT WAS AN ORDER! ! After making this photo during my military service I printed them and like always and all my photos I put them in oil for one or two days, then I put iron and fire on my prints so there would appear some wounds ,scars and blisters on papers which I think will express the feelings of sadness and inner pains of people in our society.and also a deep feeling of depression or disappointment which exist in Iranians life these days.


Saman Khosravi
Saman Khosravi was born in Sanandaj in 1987 and has graduated with a BA degree in graphic design from Jahad Daneshgahi University in Bandar Anzali. He received his MA in Graphic Design from Art faculty of Azad University in Central Tehran with his thesis focused on video art in Iran. In addition to graphic design, Khosravi works with a wide range of media in his practice from photography to drawing and from animation to video. He has shown his works in two editions of “Limited Access Festival”, at the Aaran Gallery in Tehran and in “Fast Reaction” a group show at the AV Theater House as well as in screenings in Belgium and Netherlands.He is a member of New Media Society, which is dedicated to archiving and knowledge production about Media Arts and he is a frequent contributor of various art and culture magazine with his design works and writings.

  Artist Statement
Mankind through the history, dreadful genocide to achieve more benefits has been tuning to kill and put all efforts over the centuries in making weapons of mass destruction. “Ensanam Arezoust” is a verse of a famous poem by Rumi, which at the end of the video changes to past tense “I was looking for Humanity Intensively”


Haiand Tanh Le Duc
Le Brothers (b. 1975, Bình Tr? Thiên, Vietnam) are twin brothers whose work, dissect and question the post-war consciousness of North and South Vietnam. The “Red project” 2014 and "The glimmer that we see / Vietnam" in Taipei, Taiwan 2014. Selected for Singapore Biennale 2013, Selected projects include ‘The Bridge II’, performance at DMZ Gang Hwa, Korea (2012), ‘Before ‘86’, Cheongju Complex Cultural Center, Korea (2012) and ‘Communicate with me’, Saigon Open City, Vietnam (2006), ‘Window to Asian”Vietnam (2001).

  Artist Statement
For this project, every day, we take many pictures of us performing and interacting with the space and the time we live in. Then, we pick the best one to present to our audience our consistent will to create happiness and peace. Our performances in these 365 days demonstrate how much effort we have to put in things, in order to make peace. However, at the end, the difficulties have got nothing on the happiness that we get.


Ahlam Lemseffer
Ahlam Lemseffer, Visual artist born in El Jadida, Morocco. Art Studies in Paris, France Professor and Researcher at the MEN Member of the Honorary Committee for the Society of Arts Francophones. Ambassador of Peace “World Peace Marker Project” USA President, Association Pour l’Art et la Culture Ahlam sets in Morocco and abroad since 1990 and holds several distinctions and prizes. She was decorated by the French Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters in 2008 and appears in several art books such as “Contemporary art in the Middle East” by Paul Sloman, as well as in public and private collections in Morocco and abroad.Ahlam entertains with the plastic text, the movement of existence. In her works,she borrows the paths of reading and interpretation, exploring the spaces,shapes and colors.

  Artist Statement
This adventure brings personal items to an extreme form of deconstruction. The text becomes plastic, it is not inherited, but broken down and rebuilt as part of a creative operation, full of risk and adventure to explore the beauty.This exploration leads to a dynamic advances from recognition practices related to the emotional mainstream and to an abstraction more and more purified, so purified that it manages to capture what the reality possesses in moving, vibrant and alive. Ahlam has been exhibiting Inside and outside Morocco since the late eighties.


Soroosh Milanizadeh
Soroosh Milanizadeh was born in 1978, and studied Photography in Faculty of Art and Architecture. During more than 16 years of constant activity, he has tried to deliberate on his social concerns, particularly women’s conditions, from different aspects. Avoiding political theories or journalistic approaches, and focusing on the relations among people, he has always been tryied to solely express his own social views in this regard. Through this path of expressing feelings and thoughts, he is not content with photography, and he has started working in film making, video art and performance.. Directing the performance “Woman, Dream, Nightmare” and photo collections “Renaissance, Out of Heat” and “Eve’s Demand” are among his recent works. He has participated in more than 18 group exhibitions of painting; photography and video art; theatre designing and lighting; theatre, cinema and television photography. He is a professional teacher of photography and lighting and directing.

  Artist Statement
Women are the source of birth and life in human societies not just half of the human body. Unlike common viewpoint or attitude that puts women in a weaker position intentionally, birth bestows women some areas of power. From the time Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, her claims have remained unattended and unanswered since then. The state of weakness imposed on this strong gender for ages, has changed her inner being into a scene of the clash between weakness and strength. Perhaps this is the most important womanish characteristic and attraction that directs her, consciously or unconsciously, toward her requests.


Shiblee Muneer
Shiblee Muneer belongs to Patiala family, his ancestors used to work in the Mughal courts as miniature painters, later they migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He grew up in a family, where the traditional miniature paintings and the practice of Islamic calligraphy is the primary obligation. After completing his studies, his parents sent him to different traditional Ustad’s Bethak (art studios of traditional master) for the education of traditional miniature and calligraphy. Traditional miniature paintings strictly painted in small scale, for that reason he aspired to paint cinema billboards due to its huge scale and heroic size of figurative imagery. His agitated nature always projected him to do something new every time and the same instance occurred during the learning of the Islamic calligraphy period. He joined the Kathak dance from 1999 to 2003. (Later he realized that; how much he enjoyed expressing an idea in open space that is opposed to any precise picture plan and literally it helped him immensely, to imagine more than of conventions). In 2003, He joined Naqsh School of Arts. It was his first proper art education institute, where they emphasized more upon academic art skills and history which incorporates Renaissance until Baroque period. He subsequently went to Beacon House National University in 2007, where he practiced neotechniques and explored The WORD ART quite rigorously, which polished his traditional art skills and knowledge as well.

  Artist Statement
According to my traditional family background and my deep interest in “unfaithful History” reinforced current body of work. Generally, deliberations are centered to produce equally high embellished art, with the help of all those formal methods, which was done in Mughal atelier. However, my conceptual concerns encompass on the social belief of society. I raise questions through my art practices, on society’s preconceived understanding towards History whom we worship like divine orders, in our lives. While formal concerns, of making an image; I adopt the behavior similar to the history makers utilized to make another history whilst having the biased approach.Creating questions with humorous overlapping of the images taken from History of Miniature paintings. The appropriate elements of the historical image in such a way that glimpse in first sight a Hilarious image, but simultaneously it provokes a sense of realization towards seeing into past Present and future.


Shadi Noyani
Shadi Noyani was born in 1974 in Rasht city in Iran. In 1993 she goes to Guilan University in the field of mathematics and at the same time she starts drawing. In 1996 she leaves University and in 1998 she comes to Tehran and she starts to study graphic design and she follows her studies in painting and drawing seriously. Her first exhibition was held in 2000.After all, in 2003 she starts her to study M.A in illustration in Art University till 2005. She is teaching Art in University of Applied Science and Technology in Tehran from 2004 till now.In her figurative paintings, with an expressive tone and focusing on psychological and social issues, she has sometimes tried to have a look from his inner visions.She has already had 5 solo exhibitions and more than 30 group exhibitions.In addition, of painting she uses other mediums such as video, installation and performance to create her pieces.In her video art, she sometimes uses some old 8mm home-made videos by people and family and generation of 70sand 80s in Iran.She selected as a painter and participant of the 6th International Festival of Contemporary Art Penza 2013 in Russia and also Selected participant of the Beijing Shangyuan Art Museum2014 in China.

  Artist Statement
Approximating the dream of peace becomes reality via companionship and conversation among cultures.


Shegemi Ohkubo
Shigemi Ohkubo is a glass artist who lives and works in the city of Hitachi, Japan. Her stained glass works and fused glass sculptures are exhibited throughout Japan and in the U.S. Her works have won many awards and are prized by collectors worldwide. The artist’s glass art was on display at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan.

  Artist Statement
My philosophy of world peace and arts For world peace, therefore, we must develop the consciousness that we are all one people of planet Earth through continual international cultural and economic exchange.
The arts will exist as long as man in world peace. We all wish for permanent world peace. We all wish for enjoying durable world peace. We all should make effort to maintain world peace. Arts and Peace. Love and Peace.


Fereydoun Omidi
Fereydoun Omidi was born in Roudbar, Iran in 1967. He received his MA in painting in 1998 from Tehran University of Art. He is a member of Iranian Society Painters and has had 18 solo shows and more than 60 group exhibitions in Iran and abroad.

  Artist Statement
We think of peace, concordantly and harmoniously, away from prejudice and extremism, and the world we aspire is free of violence and war.


Farah Ossouli
Farah Ossouli was born in 1953 in Zanjan,Iran. She graduated from the University of Fine art with a degree in Graphic Design. She has held 6 solo shows and participated in more than 100 national and international group exhibitions. She has a member of Iranian society member and has been the director of several biennials and art festival.

  Artist Statement
We gain freedom when we have paid the full price...
Rabindranath Tagore


Maik Pagiannakis
Correspondent Brent Scheneman, during one of his visits to Crete at Chania, befriended Maik and soon discovered the talent and the range of his work. Maik owns Inox Art and creates special fabrication for a wide range of stainless steel custom fabrication and of course his passion for the creative part of his oeuvre, art. Maik has the distinction of having made Peace Marker Greece and Peace Marker Argentina, his contribution to the project therefore added a personal dimension and an added level of significance to Peace Marker Greece. In 2014 Maik was part of the group exhibit “Peace Farm” at the KAM Center in Crete, where the unveiling of Peace Marker Greece took place on October 3,2013.

  Artist Statement
Peace Marker Greece is turning out to be an extraordinary experience. Our WPMP correspondent Brent Scheneman, during one of his visits to Crete at Chania, befriended Maik and soon discovered the talent and the range of his work. Maik owns Inox Art and creates special fabrication for a wide range of stainless steel custom fabrication and of course his passion for the creative part of his oeuvre, art.


Laara B. Rhine
Laara B. Rhine is a citizen of the Netherlands, of partial Dutch descent, born prior to the outbreak of WW-II. Her formative years, however, were spent in California, which provided both the climate and the unique opportunities for her to freely pursue her artistic interests. The intense contrasts of light and shadow experienced during childhood awakened a deep longing to express through art. Her exploration of a wide variety of artistic disciplines motivated her still further in my search for the ways and means to express both the material as well as the immaterial facets of nature through painting.

  Artist Statement
The caretakers of humankind
are warm hearts of similar mind. With their own unique
Song each friend travels on
They wander by day and many nights long
Searching, seeking till light finally dawns.
Coveted, yet for ages, concealed,
The space they seek is at last revealed.
It‘s a state of heart grace
And no far away place
That can help heal what ails
ur Human race.


Nastaran Safaei
Nastaran Safaei was born in Tehran, on January 1984 ,23, Nastaran Safaei developed a keen interest in arts and sculpting from an early age. She received her diploma in Graphic Design from Naghshe-Kowsar Art School in 2001 and went on to receive an Associate Degree in the same field from Sooreh University in 2004. However, she found her true passion in sculpting and devoted her time to experimenting with it, starting her professional career as a sculptor. Nastaran has had 7 solo shows in Iran, Switzerland, and U.A.E since 2004, as well as several group shows in over 50 biennials and exhibitions since 2001 in Iran, England, Germany, U.A.E, Serbia, Ukraine, Kuwait, etc. Nastaran Safaei is a member of the Association of Iranian Sculptors. In 2010 she was featured in the prestigious “Slick” Art Fair in Paris. She participated in a one month residency in Villa Kuriosum of Berlin in 2013. Most recently, she participated in a two month Art Residency in ORYW Foundation Luceme, as well as being presented at Scope Art Basel, Switzerland.

  Artist Statement
What we receive from the high points and deepest points of this universe (wings and fish tail) are merged within the human body like a goddess in a temple which is sacred in its own existence.


Larissa Sansour
Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine, and studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilizes film, photography, installation and sculpture. Central to her work is the tug and pull between fiction and reality.Recent solo exhibitions include the Turku Art Museum in Finland, Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the UK, Photographic Center in Copenhagen, Galerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Sabrina Amrani in Madrid and DEPO in Istanbul.Sansour’s work has featured in the biennials of Istanbul, Busan and Liverpool. She has exhibited at venues such as Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LOOP, Seoul; Al Hoash, Jerusalem; Queen Sofia Museum, Madrid; Centre for Photography, Sydney; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Townhouse, Cairo; Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah, UAE; Empty Quarter, Dubai; Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume, Paris; Iniva, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou , China; Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; House of World Cultures, Berlin, and MOCA, Hiroshima.

  Artist Statement
Nation Estate is a 9-minute sci-fi short film offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. With its glossy mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, Nation Estate explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. In Sansour’s film, Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life. Each city has its own floor: Jerusalem on the third floor, Ramallah on the fourth floor, Sansour’s native Bethlehem on the fifth and so on. Intercity trips previously marred by checkpoints are now made by elevator. Aiming for a sense of belonging, the lobby of each floor reenacts iconic squares and landmarks. The story follows the female lead, played by Sansour herself, in a futuristic folklore suit returning home from a trip abroad and making her way through the lobby of the monstrous building – sponsored and sanctioned by the international community. Having passed the security checks, she takes the elevator to the Bethlehem floor and crosses Manger Square and Church of the Nativity on her way to her apartment where she prepares a plate of sci-fi tabbouleh.


Amin Shahed
Amin Shahed was born in Rasht, Iran in 1979. Since 1999, he’s had 3 solo shows in Rasht, Tehran and Dubai and participated in more than 10 national and international group illustration, poster and photography exhibitions. He is a journalist and critic at Visual Arts Center and has cooperated with press since 1999. He is also the editor of Pelle e-magazine.

  Artist Statement
What endows us with peace of mind is the look our fellow-creatures give us. Registering and reflecting this look, with occasional adds and omits, are what make my images.


Kourosh Shishegaran
Kourosh Shishegaran was born in 1945 in Qazvin, Iran. He received a BA in painting from Tehran University of Art. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad. He received appreciation from UN for designing the poster of “Peace in Lebanon” and was praised by the jury at the 1st Islamic World Biennale.


Satadru Sovan
Satadru Sovan is a well-known painter and video artist from India. He studied at Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University. Satadru is an artist working with digital art and new media, interactive technologies, video art, and painting. He has been involved professionally in the field of computer technology since the early 2000’s. He responds to or rather, react to his immediate environment and an unfamiliar visual culture through innovations in his art practice. Since graduation, he has participated in several regional, national and international art shows. He is immensely fascinated by information technology and the digital revolution. He has been learning software that has changed the way he looks at visual art—Photoshop, Flash, Final cut pro and others.
His work is not only multilayer but also goes through several artistic mediums. He has been a research scholar at the DANM University of California, Santa Cruz from 2007. He was also awarded the residency Triangle Arts Trust, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, US-India art & culture exchange Program Michigan City, IN and many more.

  Artist Statement
My sensitivity is related to different kinds of changes of race and gender relationship. The continuous flow of my thoughts gives birth to many questions that lead to the point of gender relationship which is in the social one-source networking. Psychedelic ‘Openness’ is seen as the fundamental principle of the Internet. Communication – the idea that with the Internet, communication has blurred with social desire and kinship. I feel that Psychedelic cyberspace is a habitat for synthetic tricky relationships. There is much yearning over the Internet, over SMS, over mobile but no real relationships, unless Facebook profiles and Yahoo chat count as a relationship. I am researching and meeting new people and recoding there life dialogue regarding relationships in personal lives. I am exploring many countries and to understand the reality of life discourse. My multi-disciplinary work is the research about drift in social & cultural arena. Society-activism and participatory cultural are the core elements of my work.


Saleh Tasbihi
Saleh Tasbihi was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. He is an author and a graphic designer. He is a member of Global Federation of Journalists and the art editor of a few publications. He has had 2 solo shows and dozens of group exhibitions.

  Artist Statement
The Constitutional journalists wrote and spoke in search of a better world. They were the very peaceful, themselves; a peace which was ruined by Lyakhvf bombardment, Mohammad Ali Shah’s assistance and Shapshal and Sheik Fazlollah’s support, and the constitutional parliament who could have been the symbol of Iranian peace, destroyed with weaponry. Journalists and liberals were chained up and taken to Bagh-e Shah or were tortured, killed and thrown into wells. But their charismatic souls could not be trapped. That was the reason why during the time while Mirza Nasrollah Malek-al-Motekalemin’s was being taken away and killed, this everlasting charismatic soul was singing a melodious song.The narrators claimed that the sound of his vocals and the chains twisted on his hands and legs were mingled and as he moved further, first the sound of chains died and then the sound of the vocals. They threw him in a well while having a handkerchief in his throat. Malekal-Motekallemin became a song. He winged and as got closer to the depth of the well, his soul flew, like a bird, to the skies and closer to the clouds. And if you listen to the clouds, you can hear: “We are the court of justice, what was done wrong to us, at the palace of cruels, how could a helpless reach”


Shahriyar Tavakoli
Shahriyar Tavakoli was born in 1969 in Tehran, Iran. He received his MA in photography from Art University of Tehran in 2003. He is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Art Quarterly Magazine, Hefeh: Honarmand (Profession: Artist).

  Artist Statement
The photo is related to a collection titled “Me and G10- night Roaming.”
I have a sense that this photo – the photo of an Oleander bush taken from inside my car – is somehow related to the subject. Maybe for a personal reason, since I still have the feeling of that moment clearly in my mind. When looking for a parking space, I suddenly turned the car vertically to the pavement of Azadegan Park and I happened to see this beautiful green plant, I felt a great deal of empathy with it. It was like an astonished blabbed armless culprit has suddenly cornered in the darkness with a strong spotlight. The severe contrast between darkness and light, of the spots, and also between the dark gray atmosphere of the photo and the color spot on it, had revived this feeling for me.


Gizella Varga Sinai
Gizella Varga Sinai was born in 1944 in Hungary and studied at the Akademie fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria. She moved to Iran in 1967. She’s had 19 solo exhibitions in Austria, Finland, Hungary, Georgia and Iran and participated in over 150 group exhibitions all round the world. In addition to painting, she has been teaching and conducting workshops in Iran and abroad for more than a quarter of a century. She is a member of the Society of Iranian Painters and the Dena Group.

  Artist Statement
What is freedom? The best answer is for me;
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi


Ramtin Zad
Ramtin Zad was born in Tehran, Iran in 1984. He received his BA in Graphic Design from Jihad University in 2007. He’s had 5 solo shows in Tehran (Etemad and Golestan Galleries) and one in Total Art Gallery in Dubai and participated in many national and international group exhibitions. A selection of his works was published in “EYE” No. 28 by Mahriz Publication in 2010.

  Artist Statement
This painting was originally a scene from a wedding, and it was a pleasant scene too. But after A while I found I was disgusted with it so I wiped it away and it became what you see now. The big black patches I smeared on the canvas became the bulls, the original landscape was covered with The blue that has become the sky. Although this painting is presented in a book about peace, it is not about peace because it is not about war. It is about that mysterious, disturbing seam between lovemaking and violence and the connection between peace and war. I believe all wars eventually end in peace.


Salwa Zeidan
Salwa Zeidan is a very talented self- taught artist, who was also privately tutored by widely known artists. She attended lectures on art At Lebanese American University. She has become a well-known exhibitor in which she has earned much well deserved recognition in the world of art that she enjoys today. Ms. Zeidan's paintings are emotional landscapes where time and space preside over the resolution to life's essential conflict of energies that becomes the reality that her work seeks to represent. Her brush has turned towards the illumination of peace as a real an attainable destination. Salwa also owns and operates her own fine art gallery in Abu Dhabi.

  Artist Statement
In my paintings, my focus isn’t so much on pleasing the eyes – it’s more about giving you a window to a place that entices you to ask questions of your own … Those who choose to interact with and explore my paintings are those who have the confidence to interact with and explore themselves.I question both myself and the viewer through the process of painting. And the painting and the viewer continue the process. It is up to each of us to explore the excitement of being in the “not knowing,” to discover the balance in the imbalance, and in this space, to allow ourselves to dig even deeper to find our own undiscovered answers, only to discover that they are not really answers at all … Let us trustingly have the courage to proceed with our discovery process first by connecting with our own feelings. Then approach the work with no expectations at all. It is my hope that my work will help you to create fresh new visual memories, memories brought into existence by the spark of life as the seeds of my painting interact with the fertile soil of your consciousness.