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Evolution: Discussion on Role of Nature

Panel discussion

Free Admission

Join us for the second and final symposium connected to the exhibition Evolution, with our expert panellists. Speakers include: acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, writer, actress and video artist Mania Akbari, British artist and sculptor Douglas White, musician and filmmaker Roxana Vilk, The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Asian art scholar Dr. Sussan Babaie, internationally acclaimed Iranian artist Khosrow Hassanzadeh and Studio Integrate Co-Founders award-winning Iranian architects and designers Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy. 

The speakers will be elaborating the use of nature in art and architecture through significantly different perspectives.  Whilst one looks at nature through a poetic and artistic point of view the others will examine the potentials of employing nature in order to add qualitative values.

Mania Akbari and Douglas White will discuss their new and ongoing collaboration exhibited for the first time in Evolution entitled Black Palm. The project offers highly personal insights into the formative experiences of their upbringings in Iran and the UK respectively, forming a dialogue between sculpture and cinema and calling into question the complex relationships between the sculptural object and nature, body, memory and geographical borders.

On the other hand, Amin Sadeghy will elaborate on his collaborative research with Mehran Gharleghi focusing on the use of natural elements in the design of Persian Gardens. He will be discussing how utilizing nature and designing architecture that responds to its surrounding can effortlessly improve our living conditions.

The event will start with an introduction by Asia House Programme Manager and Curator Mariam Neza and Mehran Gharleghi, curator of Evolution from studio INTEGRATE. The smposium will conclude with a Q&A session in which Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Mania Akbari, Douglas White, Dr. Sussan Babaie and Amin Sadeghy will answer any question that the audience may have.

Evolution: Art and Architecture exhibition runs from 14 April until 24 April 2015 and is open for the public Monday to Friday 10:00 – 18:00 with free admission. This exhibition is part of the British Council’s UK-Iran Season of Culture.

To read an interview with the curator of the exhibition Mehran Gharleghi and a story about the first panel discussion which took place on 14 April click here. 


April 23, 2015
18:30 - 21:00
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