[O]nce largely hidden from Western view, the contemporary art scene in Iran now the most commercially successful in the Middle East. Forty years since the first student protests which led to the Iranian Revolution, protests against the current repressive regime suggest another uprising could be around the corner.
With Trump considering a re-introduction of sanctions and the Iranian government banning messaging apps that have allowed young people to organise rallies – art has become a more vital and important outlet for Iran’s creatives than ever.
Dedicated solely to Iranian art, CAMA Gallery is a new space in London offering a platform for the next generation of Iranian artists. Exploring bold themes including censorship and the repression of women under the current regime, its first exhibition “Sensation” brings together the work of 21 remarkable artists from Iran, with a focus on female artists.
Including works from renowned talents such as Bita Vakili, Afshin Pirhashemi and Morteza Pourhosseini, the exhibition aims to redress Western misconceptions about the country, showing the freedom of expression in its art and the variety and sophistication of the techniques embraced by its artists.
Preview a selection of the works on display below, and find out more about the space and the exhibition on the CAMA Gallery website.