A CAMP: De liefde raakte ontheemd, het verstand ernaar op zoek

Curated by Sam Samiee, with work by Manijeh Akhavan, Nooshin Askari, Sadra Bani Asadi, Serminaz Barseghian, Aylar Dastgiri, Sam Samiee and Sepide Zamani.

Exhibition opening 22 November 2017 | 18 – 21h | Geldersekade 30, Amsterdam

© 2017 Aram Tahmasebi, detail from “A Camp” exhibition at Dastan Gallery, Tehran.

NMAG hosts a group exhibition curated by Amsterdam- and Tehran-based painter Sam Samiee, who has gathered a group of fellow Iranian artists for the second time after their recent show in Tehran. In the exhibition, their works will form a painting installation where each part comments on one of the others, reflecting shared conversations, concerns and observations. Join us Wednesday, November 22rd for the exhibition opening in the presence of Sam Samiee, Aylar Dastgiri and Nooshin Askari. Prior to the exhibition opening, it is possible to attend an artist talk on Tuesday, November 21st at 11 AM.

A CAMP introduces the work of seven young Iranian painters who have influenced each other’s practices over the past decade during their time at Tehran University of the Arts, the studios of Seroj Barseghian and Pantea Rahmani and beyond. Aside from providing an introduction to their work, the exhibition stages an experiment in artistic methodology on the very basis of the mutual influences between the artists. Rather than the exhibited works and the artists themselves, it is the relationality between them which forms the fabric of the exhibition.

Following a Copernican worldview, the participants in A CAMP do not put themselves at the center ––as in individualist understanding––, but instead show how they are kept in their own place only by something or someone Other,acting on them like gravity, forming them to give shape and substance. The exhibition therefore does not present its participating artists as a group of separate subjects, but instead draws attention to the ways in which their own self is always already filled with echoes of each other. Thus, every artist takes a “cartographical” approach to scrutinize how their respective locations only exist in reference to other positions occupied on the same map by the other participants in the show.

The finished painting installation which constitutes the core of the exhibition results out of the overlap and juxtaposition of each of these cartographical explorations. Its final form only emerged while working through the connections between the artworks in situ, leaving the exact content and meaning of the exhibition suspended in a permanent state of becoming that never reaches a point of static being. As such, the exhibition urges those confronted with it to abandon the search for complete explanations or a pre-determined course of action to instead step into the openness of a map that extends on and on without ever fully capturing all that is.

A CAMP is on view until January 13, open Wednesday to Saturday 13-18h at the temporary exhibition space of No Man’s Art Gallery on Geldersekade 30 in Amsterdam. From December 27-30 during the Christmas holidays, the gallery is open only by appointment. The exhibition is an initiative of Sam Samiee.


Participating artists:

MANIJEH AKHAVAN (b. 1988) finished her studies at the Tehran University of Art in 2012. Prior to her graduation, she studied under the painter Pantea Rahmani from 2005 until 2010. Akhavan has had solo as well as group exhibitions at a number of galleries in Tehran including Delgosha Gallery, Dastan’s Basement, Laleh Gallery, Panjere Gallery and Vali Gallery.

SADRA BANI ASADI (b. 1991) graduated from the Tehran University of Art in 2014. He has exhibited primarily at Dastan Gallery and the Iranian House of Cartoon in Tehran, where his works were shown in the context of several solo and group exhibitions.

NOOSHIN ASKARI (b. 1989) was a student of Seroj Barseghian from 2010-2016. Since 2016, she is studying fine art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, where she is still pursuing her studies at the moment. Askari has exhibited with Parking Gallery and No. 6 Gallery in Tehran as well as at the Städelschule Rundgang.

SERMINAZ BARSEGHIAN (b. 1987) graduated from the Tehran University of Art with a BFA in sculpture in 2012. She also earned a diploma in painting from Tehran School of Fine Art in 2006. Since 2009, she has been a student of Seroj Barseghian. She has exhibited with various galleries in Tehran such as Delgosha Gallery, Parking Gallery and Dastan Gallery. Her works have also been shown at several other galleries in Potsdam, Malmo, Paris and Brussels.

AYLAR DASTGIRI (b. 1988) earned a diploma in painting and a BFA in sculpture from the Tehran University of Art in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Since 2010, she has been a student of Seroj Barseghian. Dastgiri’s work has been exhibited at various galleries in Tehran including Delgosha Gallery, Dastan’s Basement, Etemad Gallery and Parking Gallery. Outside of Iran, her works have been shown at exhibitions in Belgium and Sweden, and form part of the Imago Mundi collection of the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn.

SAM SAMIEE (b. 1988) attended the Tehran University of Art from 2006-2010. During this time, he was also a student of Pantea Rahmani. Following his education at the AKI ArtEz Academy for Art and Design in Enschede, where he earned a BFA in painting in 2013, Samiee was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten from 2014-2016. In 2016, Samiee was awarded the Royal Award for Modern Painting. He is represented by Dastan Gallery in Tehran and managed by No Man’s Art Gallery Amsterdam. Next to his work as an artist, he is himself a curator of art exhibitions and a published essayist.

SEPIDE ZAMANI (b. 1986) graduated from the Tehran University of Art with a BFA in sculpture in 2014. Zamani has exhibited with various galleries in Tehran including Delgosha Gallery, Abi Gallery and East Art Gallery. Outside of Iran, her work has been shown at Charry Vary Circus Berlin, No Man’s Art Gallery Amsterdam and Red Gate Gallery Beijing, where Zamani completed a residency in 2017. Since 2009, Zamani has also been part of the Tehran Carnival collective, who create site-specific installations in public spaces and design props for music and theater performances.



NMAG presents a group exhibition curated by Sam Samiee showing the works of seven Iranian artists. ”De liefde raakte ontheemd, het verstand ernaar op zoek” opens Wednesday, November 22rd in the presence of three of the artists. Read more…