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CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by seven prestigious Iranian film directors.
Time Lapse features the work of Cannes Film Festival award-winning directors Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami, pioneering writer and film maker Ebrahim Golestan, the first Iranian photographer Mirza Ebrahim Khan Akkas Bashi, Cannes Film festival award nominee Nasser Taghvai, award-winning documentary maker Kamran Shirdel, and San Sebastian International Film Festival award-winning director Majid Barzegar.
by Iranian Film Director, Jafar Panahi
Director Jafar Panahi, associated with the Iranian new wave movement, won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival for his film The White Balloon, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes. Panahi made headlines recently as he was unable to attend the Cannes film festival after having been placed under house arrest and given a twenty year ban on speaking to the media or directing any films. In spite of this the director has managed to secretly shoot several films, including Closed Curtain which was smuggled to Cannes in a USB drive hidden inside a cake. Ebrahim Golestan, whose career spans over half a century is considered as a pioneer of Iranian film and literature, and is known particularly for his relationship with controversial Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad. Now 94 and living in Sussex, UK, Golestan has recently given a rare interview, describing his former lover as the “Shakespeare of Modern Iran.
by Iranian Film Director,Nasser Taghvai
Also of note is Qajar-era photographer, Mirza Ebrahim Khan Akkas Bashi, who was responsible for bringing photography to Persia and was the official photographer to the Shah.A photo dating back over one hundred years from Akkas Bashi will be on display during the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display at CAMA London from Thursday 2 August until Tuesday 2 October 2018.
CAMA Gallery aims to be a leading force in the growth and expansion of the art industry in Iran and the Middle East and the only gallery in London to showcase exclusively Iranian art. CAMA presents all genres of Modern and Contemporary Iranian art in international exhibitions, online, and now their London gallery, and offers contemporary artists exposure and global recognition.
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by Iranian Film Director, Majid Barzegar
Born inTehran,Kiarostami has been involved in many creative industries,starting off as a painter,illustrator and graphic designer he then turned his hand to film at the age of 30. He not only directed films but also was a screenwriter, poet, film producer and photographer joining the new generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s. During his industrious career he made over forty films, including both shorts and documentaries. His documentary style narrative films are a mix of fictional and documentary elements, with the stories often unravelling in rural villages, with strong themes of life and death and often scenes taking place within cars. Kiarostami was also known for his use of child protagonists and Persian poetry within his dialogue. He gained critical acclaim for the films:
Koker trilolgy (1987-94) Close Up (1990)
Taste of Cherry (1997) which was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film FestivalThe Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
Later works include:
Certified Copy (2010)
Like Someone in Love (2012)
Panahi is widely recognised as one of the most influential film makers in Iran, acting as a film director, screenwriter and film editor, he is associated with the Iranian New Wave film movement. He started his career working alongside Abbas Kiarostami acting as an assistant director on many of his short films.
Panahi then forged his own career path going onto win the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival for his filmThe White Balloon (1995), which was the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes. Panhi’s films often look at impoverished men, women and children and the hardships of life, all set in Iran.Viewed as highly controversial by the Iranian government Panahi was arrested in 2010 and charged with propaganda against the Iranian government. Consequently, he was not able to attend the Cannes film festival and was given a twenty-year ban on speaking to any media or directing films, however, infamously he smuggled his film Closed Curtain (2013) into the Cannes Film Festival on a USB planted inside a cake. He has secretly shot several films during his ban, critically acclaimed films of his include:
The Mirror (1997)The Circle (2000)Offside (2006)Taxi (2015)
Considered a pioneer of Iranian film and literature Golestan currently resides in Sussex, UK, where he has been living since 1975. Golestan is counted as an important intellectual figure and has remained largely out of the public eye for many years. He garnered attention for his relationship with the controversial Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad, whom he met in 1958, describing her as the “Shakespeare of Modern Iran.”
Farrokhzad was a renowned Persian author who was killed in a car accident aged just 32. Many of Golestan’s films are not available to the public, mostly being locked away in Iran’s film archives, apart from that being owned by Cinematheque Francaise and a few he donated himself to the University of Chicago in the early 80’s.Along with this and a shortage of sources written on him in English it is hard to learn much about Golestan.
However, we do know he is Artistic Director at the Golestan Gallery in Tehran, and he has published many books along with multiple documentaries which include:
The Hills of Marlik (1963)
The Crown Jewels of Iran (1965) And films including:
Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley (1974)The Brick and the Mirror (1965)
From a Drop to the Sea (1957)
Mirza Ebrahim Khan Akkas Bashi
(1874 – 1915)
Akkas Bashi was the royal photographer for the King of Persia, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar. He is credited for bringing photography to Persia and later changed his name to Mossavar-Rahmani.After visiting the Paris Exposition in 1900 and witnessing theLumiere exhibition, he decided to purchase the necessary equipment allowing him to watch films back home, on his return he played films to his inner circle and went onto produce his own. A later trip to Europe in 1902 was filmed by Akkas Bashi, however all films were kept for royal entertainment only. Recordings were only taken at landmark occasions like weddings, circumcisions and other festivities.The court also imported films from Russia and France.
Taghvai is an Iranian film maker widely known for his filmCaptain Khorshid (1987) which is a loose adaptation of Ernest Hemmingway’s To Have and Have Not. Recent publicity surrounding his wife’s Vafamehr’s arrest has caused international outcry.She was arrested for her part in the film MyTehran for Sale,in which played the role of an Iranian actress whose work is banned by the government, with a shaved head, appearing to drink an alcoholic substance.Vafamehr’s sentence has since been reduced to three months and the lashings have been overthrown. Taghvai rejected that his wife was actually drinking alcohol even though it may have appeared that way, it would have been coloured water for filming purposes.
Born in Tehran Iranian documentarist Shirdel’s films are known for challenging perceptions about the social realities under the Shah. Shirdel studied Architecture and Urbanism in Rome, later going onto study film making. He began his career working as an assistant director to John Huston on the film The Bible, before making his diploma film Gli Specchi (The Mirrors), then returning to Iran to start his own career in 1965. An active force in the New Wave film movement his films show aspects of Iranian life which little were known about or discussed. Shirdel focuses on the lives of ordinary people and is widely known for his inventive use of cinematic film. He was commissioned by the MCA to produce a series of propaganda films for the Iranian Women’s Organisation, a group headed by Princess Ashraf Pahlavi.The series was made up of five films, the first titled Women’s Prison. Shirdel is also the founder and director of the Kish International Documentary Film Festival, held in Kish Island in the Persian Gulf.
Some of his films include:
Women’s Quarter (1966)
The Morning of the Fourth Day (1972)Cradle of Sun (2001)
Solitude Opus 1 (2002)
San Sebastian International Film Festival award-winning director Barzegar is involved in the production of independent and short films. Many of his films have been awarded and shown at international film festivals including the Berlinale, San Sebastian Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival São Festival and Thessaloniki Film Festival. His film A Very Ordinary Citizen (produced in 2015) was awarded the IFF at the San Francisco Festival and more recently his film Vaderrama (2016) was nominated for best feature debut at the Berlinale in 2016. Barzegar has also been the President of the board of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) since 2008 and founded Barzegar Productions, an independent production company based in Tehrean in 1988.
His film A Minor Leap was awarded the FIPRSECI prize at the Berlinale in 2015, other films include:Immortal (2015)
Rainy Seasons (2010)
Goodbye Party (2006)
Walking in the Fog (2003)
Dark Like a Strange Land (1991) amongst many others.