“Urban Hegemony” begins in Tehran on one of the most important streets in the Middle East, “Enqelab”, which literary means “Revolution”. If we have Tahrir Square for Cario, and Taqsim Square for Istanbul, then for Tehran we would refer to Enqelab Square (Street). For Tehran, Enqelab represents – as Asef Bayat in his book “Life as Politics” asserts – the “street politics of exceptional junctures, the street of discontent”, but after 2009’s presidential election and the reaction of people on the streets and in public spaces, the municipality of Tehran configured Enqelab street space in such a way as to minimize the social interaction of citizens.
The “Enqelab Street” exhibition reflects the reactions of contemporary Iranian artists Majid Alimoradpour, Iman Arki, Negar Farajiani, Amir Farsijani, Milad Hooshmandzadeh, Omid Mehdizadeh, Masih Mostajeran, Seyed Ali Sharifi, Mohsen Yazdipour and Saba Zavarei to the recent urban changes in Enqelab Street. This exhibition was initiated as part of #Urban Hegemony project run by Studio of Contemporary Creation
Curator: Alireza Labeshka
Assistant Curators: Parisa Hakiminia, Amin Fakhari
Exhibition Design: Parisa Hakiminia, Mohammadreza Movvahedi
Graphic Design: Shahin Rassouli
ZKU (Center for Art and Urbanistics) is hosting the first exhibition and the project was made possible through the kind support of Sharestan Architecture Magazine, Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin and IFA. ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin. Germany www.zku-berlin.org www.s-cc.org www.urbanhegemony.com