SWISS ARTISTS IN IRAN
In September 2018, three Swiss artists have been to Iran for an innovate artistic exchange
FOCUS association organized the first part of the exchange « We all eat but not in the same manner » from September 6th to 16th, 2018 in Tehran, in partnership with Platform 28 a space dedicated to art and design.
In order to foster cultural relations between Switzerland and Iran, three Swiss artists enthusiastically accepted the challenge: the photographer and video maker Lisa Roehrich from Vevey, two founders of Atlas Studio Jonas Wandeler from Fribourg and Martin Andereggen from Zurich. Dialogue and sharing of ideas were encouraged during a week with the Iranian film maker Shiva Sanjiri and the graphic designers of Studio Kargah, Aria Kasei and Ashkan Forootan.More than just a research trip, this first part was an opportunity to promote Swiss graphic design during an exhibition at Platform 28, "Swiss Artists in Tehran", which took place from 7th to 22nd September 2018, at heart of the Iranian capital. Swiss artists spent a week with them, trying to question the limits of cultural exchange. The title of the project "We all eat but not in the same manner" is a way to address controversial societal issues without revealing its essence with food and culinary habits as a starting point. In 2019, for the second part of this exchange Iranian artists and the director of Platform 28 will be invited to Switzerland to discover the Swiss contemporary culture and present their work during a collective exhibition, alongside Swiss productions made during the research trip in September 2018.