0230 GMT February 19, 2019
'Common Borders' is the name of a series of exhibitions that will allow Iranian artists to jointly showcase their works with those of their counterparts in neighboring countries, said a curator of the event.
The first edition of such exhibitions will be held in Tehran with the participation of artists from Turkey and the works on display will be related to visual arts.
The exhibition is slated to open at the Gallery of Mellat Park Cineplex in Tehran on Friday and will run for two weeks.
Co-curator of the exhibition, Majid Abbasi Farahani told Iran Daily that 'Common Borders' will serve as a platform for Iranian artists to showcase their works together with their peers from countries which share common borders with Iran.
"Although not far away from Iran, many artists of these countries have not had the chance to cooperate and work closely with their Iranian counterparts," he added.
Elaborating on the technicality of the notion of border in this context, he added that border does not necessarily means countries that have "geographical borders with Iran, but also those who share cultural boundaries with us, such as Tajikistan".
"We don't have any geographical borders with Tajikistan. But we do have many cultural commonalities," he said, adding that the exhibition "will act like as a bridge that would give the artists the chance to interact with one another".
Over 45 artworks in various media, including photography, painting, and video art by 11 Iranian and 10 Turkish artists have been selected for the showcase, Abbasi Farahani said, noting that the works will be then displayed in Istanbul, Turkey next year.
Mustafa Albayrak, Demet Taspinar, Tansel Türkdogan, Gül Yidiz and Vicdan Nalbur are among the participating Turkish artists.
The exhibit will also put on display works by Hamed Jaberha, Vahid Danaifar, Navid Azimi, Leila Emadi, Katayun Karami and several other Iranian artists.
Commenting on the works on display, Mehrnoosh Baradaran, the manager of the Gallery of Mellat Park Cineplex, said, "The works presented at the Gallery have been mostly created by young and well-known artists from the two countries."
She added, "The concepts seen in the works are very important and get the feeling that they have 'a shared sense' in them."
Explaining on the future editions of 'Common Borders', Abbasi Farahani said Pakistan will be the next country to host the exhibition in February, 2019 in Karachi.
The focus of the Pakistani exhibition will be mostly on the Shahnameh as the epic work is very popular among Pakistanis, he said, noting that many miniature works in Pakistan have been inspired by the Shahnameh.
The Shahnameh, or 'The Book of Kings', is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE.
More than 20 artists from Iran and Pakistan will showcase their works in Karachi, Abbasi Farahani said, adding that the same exhibition will be held in Tehran in June.