Artists: Erfan Jamshidi, Shirin Rezaee, Soheil Rad, Shahab Shahali, Donya Fazelnia, Nazli Shahvagh, Mohammadreza Tazari, Nazanin Fatahi, Farda (Maryam Pesyan, Sara Sarkheil) in Collaboration with Soheil Riahi, Sara Ghajar, Ashkan GH, Ali Honarvar.
Opening Reception: August 10 th , 2018, 4-9 PM
Mohsen Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled “NOXTE: Physique” curated by Ali Phi running from August 10- 24, 2018.
Human existence is above all dependent on the human body, and the body carries with itself a system of signs and symbols. Physical body is to a large extent a social construct, constantly limited by society, culture, biology, and language. However, Noxte digs through the anthropological narrative of social body [the imaginary], reaching the pure and basic layers of individual body [the real]: the original point before starting to turn into a line segment.
Before being a reflection of the very personal experiences of the artists, this collection of works is the outcome of an attempt by the Noxte Project in a narrative of common points of a contemporary understanding of the body, disregarding anthropological considerations. Here, Noxte refuses to consider the body as mere parts and organs, and tries to place the body in its original status of “encountering” and thus “recognizing.”
Thirteen projects from fifteen artists are presented in this group exhibition by various media such as photography, installation, fashion design, sounds, and mixed media. All the projects consider the body as the agent of individualization. Here, the distinguishing line is the point of recognition of the self and the other. What defines the identity of distinction is where the self ends and the other begins: the point in which the individual body and the social framework is shaped. Noxte is based on this idea of liberation of bodies and going beyond boundaries.
These series of works make the audience encounter a combination of media and objects, playing games with and assigning value to the body in contemporary society; these games are associated with the physical body, seeking a new adventure. This idea of going beyond the boundaries was not only the initial idea for this exhibition, but also what later became manifest in how the media were selected: the objects that lost their original function for their were merely used decoratively; similar to body itself that is now an old-fashioned entity, falling to pieces in different frameworks.
Noxte considers transcendentally defined bodies to be the starting point of reclaiming the pleasure of “recognition.” Interaction in the process of appreciating the concept of a work and also making use of materials that deal with light and darkness in this show, are all occasions and opportunities to remind us of different stages of existential understanding of the body in various eras of lived experience.
Based in Tehran, Noxte is a collection of conceptual, practical, and technology-oriented objects, contributing to the promotion of the media-art business. This exhibition is selected by Ali Phi, the creative director of Noxte.