Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Fereshte Moosavi

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Fereshte Moosavi, is an independent curator and educator based in London with PhD from Curatorial/Knowledge programme, Visual Cultures Department of the Goldsmiths University of London. Her thesis entitled Studying Curatorial-Abilities; Environmenting, Improvising, & Inhabiting State of Affairs proposes a set of abilities that has the potential to resituate curatorial thinking and expand practices of curation as creative processes. From April 2011 to September 2018 she has worked as the art director and curator of the MOP Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in London that provides different educational and representational programmes for Iranian artists.

Moosavi is the founder of ​Curatorial in Other Words, an ongoing research-based project initiated in December 2015 in Tehran in collaboration with Charsoo Honar. Moosavi has curated a number of research-based exhibitions including: Two-Way Street, Dance Dance Dance 2019-2020, Bermondsey Project Space, London; Contemporary Iran: A historiographical Review on the ​Relation Between Art and Public in Iran, Art Monte-Carlo, 2018; Animal Party, Kamil Gallery, Monaco, 2018; Ali Akbar Sadeghi: A Retrospective, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018; and Trans-Transfiguration: Sheikh Saafi’s Anecdote and any Expandable Thing, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, 2017. Moosavi has thought at Goldsmiths University, 2014-2016, and Essex University, 2011 and published a number of books and essays.

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Investigation by Fereshte Moosavi
Golrokh Nafisi et Giulia Crispiani, A Manifesto Against Nostalgia
06 November 2020

A Manifesto Against Nostalgia

Investigation by Fereshte Moosavi
Golrokh Nafisi et Giulia Crispiani, A Manifesto Against Nostalgia

But, We Don’t Leave Pyramids, 4 January –12 April 2019, was an exhibition curated by GAPS in conjunction with Tehran Curatorial Symposium #2, collaborating with artists including Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Anna Dot, Hamed Dehqan, Farshad Xajehnassiri, Esther Merinero, Giulia Crispiani, Golrokh Nafisi, Farnaz Gholami. Inspired by a quote from the 1998 essay “Junkspace” by architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, But We Don’t Leave Pyramids was an invitation to reconsider the human impulse to leave a permanent trace upon the world. Offering a negotiation of urban space and social presence, this exhibition presented diverse forms of practices on alternative social experiences in the context of Tehran and collectively discussed the role of cultural practitioners on a trans-national framework. The title intentionally begins with the conjunction ‘But’ as a means to spark speculation upon that which may have come before; it operates as the accessing point of an unexploited potential.

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