Forever Under Construction

Never Been to Tehran

Posted in Art, Photo by homeyra on November 10, 2007

Never Been to Tehran is a worldwide exhibition organized by American artist Jon Rubin and curator Andrea Grover.

100_1908.jpg In Andrea Grover‘s words: “Jon Rubin and I have organized another exhibit together called Never Been to Tehran. NBTT opened this week at several exhibition spaces around the world, including Tehran. The project asks participants to take photos in their own environment of what they think Tehran, Iran might look like. There are 29 international participants who are uploading 3-5 photos per week to a universal photosharing site; the slideshow of the photos is projected from an internet connection into the exhibition spaces…”

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“Imagine a city that you’ve only seen in reproductions or perhaps have merely heard about. A place, like many others, that only exists for you through indirect sources–thebuilding1.jpg nightly news, hearsay, literature, magazines, movies, and the Internet. Using these secondhand clues as firsthand research materials, invited worldwide participants–who have Never Been to Tehran–will take photographs (from their home base) of what they imagine Tehran to look like. […] Anything that anyone might take a photograph of is fair game, just as long as it feels like Tehran.

[…] Collectively, the artists and viewers of Never Been to Tehran will be charting a liminal space stuck somewhere between here and there that in our contemporary existence just might be home.” …. read more



Project’s page
Slide show
Public Gallery

Photo credits from top: Andrea Grover, Houston, Jun’ichiro Ishii, Paris, Lee Walton, Greensboro, Jon Rubin, Pittsburgh, DenizGul, Istanbul, Rumana Husain, Karachi, MartinKrusche, Gleisdorf




Other relevant links:
Jon Rubin: “The Peaceable Kingdom“, 2003
Participation Art
Behind the screens
Parking Gallery homepage, Tehran


2 Responses

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  1. Ben Heine said, on November 10, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Great event. Thanks for letting us know!

  2. homeyra said, on November 11, 2007 at 10:46 am

    You’re welcome! 🙂

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