Badischer Kunstverein Presents Atrium Babak Afrassiabi & Nasrin Tabatabai / Pages Two Archives

Badischer Kunstverein presents Atrium Babak Afrassiabi & Nasrin Tabatabai / Pages Two Archives, on view 21 April–19 June 2011.

Since 2004, Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi have been working under the name Pages on joint projects and produce a bilingual magazine in Farsi and English. Their projects are based on research on the historical conditions of politics and cultural production and their re-articulation through art. The exhibition ‘Two Archives’ is the first part of a three-stage project, which takes place throughout the year 2011 and includes—along with the exhibition—an international workshop and a new edition of the magazine Pages.

In ‘Two Archives’ the artists follow their interest in historically unresolved features of modernity. The new works produced for the exhibition depart from two archives related to the construction of modernity and modernization in Iran and include various materials, objects and photographs. One is the art collection of Western modern art from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The other archive is that of the British Petroleum (BP) related to the company’s origin in Iran from 1901 to 1951, when it found the first oil in the Middle East.

With the kind support of the Mondriaan Foundation and the cultural office of the city of Karlsruhe.

Badischer Kunstverein
Waldstraße 3
D – 76133 Karlsruhe
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