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Image: Afsoon, Googoosh 1, from the ‘Fairytale Icons’ series, 2010, mixed media, 42x59cm

Vane Gallery’s newest exhibition is a unique presentation of art inspired by the music of pre-revolutionary Iran and Anatolia. Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia makes connections between Iranian popular music of the 60s and 70s and contemporary visual art from the Iranian diaspora, shining a light on what life in Iran used to be like when musicians and artists were freely allowed to express themselves.

Curated by North East-based Sara Makari-Aghdam, herself of Azeri-Turk, Persian and English descent, the exhibition features photomontages by contemporary Iranian artist Afsoon, whose Fairytale Icons includes images of iconic figures from Europe and the Middle East; Khosrow Hassanzadeh’s kitsch pop art; a specially commissioned hand-painted bespoke gown by designer and artist Hushidar Mortezaie; manipulated digital photography by Malekeh Nayiny, which combines images of demolition sites with billboard adverts, magazine covers and mass-media images from before the Iranian revolution; and works by Taravat Talepasand, who trained in the delicate art of Persian miniature painting.

The exhibition is supplemented by a display of record covers and memorabilia, much of it highly collective, plus furniture and rare vintage fashion from the 60s and 70s.

Although the artworks and installations are intrinsically linked to the past, this isn’t intended to be a nostalgic exhibition, but rather an insight into the creative practices of a troubled region which continues to produce inspirational work.

Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia is at Vane Gallery, Newcastle from Saturday 23rd April until Saturday 4th June.


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