One Generation – Seven Artists presents seven Iranian artists graduated from Tehran University, Faculty of Art, during late1960s and early 1970s.
“Our group of seven does not claim to have a manifesto; rather we present a collective exhibition from artists who share a lot of similar experiences. We don’t ask why we are all together, but half a century of friendship is the best mortar for our bonding.”
Curate by Nahid Hagigat
Nahid Hagigat, Hadi Hazavei, Shahram Karimi, Abbas Kiarostami, Nicky Nodjoumi, Sudi Sharafshahi, Nasser Vaziri
"The Second World War brought many tragedies all over the world, like atomic bombs and gas chambers.
We were born around the same time in Iran, which was occupied from North to South. The occupation had eased the pressure from the dictatorship of the government, the mullahs, and their traditions. As a result, different political parties flourished and we gained the freedom to protest. We were educated together, and endured the misery of WWII with crowded schools that lacked heat and electricity. Under occupation we had more freedom to be ourselves without indoctrination.
Our group of seven has been friends for almost half a century; we are all presently pushing our 60’s and 70’s. We remember the harsh curriculum of the Fine Arts College (which unfortunately is much worse now). We studied and exhibited in Europe and America and most of us reside and work in America today. Using different styles, different mediums, and different artistic vocabularies, we all emerge from the essence of limited freedom in childhood and the latter freedom of expression in America.
This group does not claim to have a manifesto; rather we present a collective exhibition from artists who share a lot of similar experiences. I don’t ask why we are all together, but half a century of friendship is the best mortar for our bonding."