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Film by Arvin Ilbeigi.

Music: Selection from works of Ali Samadpour, Morteza Hannaneh, Hossein Alizadeh

© Rybon Art Center

Rybon Art Centre  is an international, non-political, autonomous, artist-led initiative based in Tehran. It was established in 2008 to promote innovation, experimentation in art within the local community of artists. Rybon actively explores the possibility of ideas and knowledge exchange across ethnic, regional and artistic boundaries, in the context of contemporary critical art practice in Iran. Rybon is a partner of Triangle Network.

Artist, Rybon coordinator an workshop organiser  Tooraj Khamenehzadeh commented:

'It's my pleasure to say that the first Rybon International Artists' workshop was held from 10 to 23 October 2012 in Tehran, Iran. It was held by Rybon Art Centre and coordinated by me. The workshop aimed to bring together artists from around the world to engage in dialogue and to explore the possibilities of exchanging ideas and knowledge across ethnic, regional and artistic borders.

We believe that location of Iran in the Middle East can help improve Triangle's network in the region and Rybon, along with its other local counterparts, can play an active role in the growth and exchange of art in the region. Moreover, Iran’s geographical location will draw a bigger role for Iran, and will connect the networks of Africa, Asia and South East of Asia to Middle East. In other words, Iran can symbolically play the role of the ancient Silk Road, from the aspect of artistic and cultural exchange'.

The selection of artists for the workshop was developed in association with several other Triangle partners that Rybon would like to acknowledge. They were: Bag Factory, Khoj, Organhaus, Makan, Kuona Trust, Britto and Batroun Projects Rybon also wishes to thank Alessio Antoniolli for his presence support in developing the workshop, and also all the people at Gasworks.

Best Regards,

Tooraj Khamenehzadeh

Click here to download the report written by Reza Farnam

Click here to read a post about the workshop in the Frieze blog by art historian and critic Daria Kirsanova