/// Film screening and director talk

Like a Shadow, Like a Thought
A documentary film about Marcos Grigorian
Directed by Hamidreza Zeinali

Like a Shadow Like a Thought is a portrait documentary that delves into the adventurous life of Marcos Grigorian, a pioneering Iranian-Armenian artist (1925-2007). Born into an Armenian family who fled from Van to Kars during the Armenian genocide in 1915, Marcos studied painting at the Kamal-al-Molk School in Iran before furthering his education at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome, Italy, graduating in 1954 and returning to Iran. His contributions to Iranian modern art include:

– Establishing the Static Gallery in Tehran as a hub for young modernists.
– Researching Iranian traditional art and preserving tea house paintings.
– Supporting surviving painters of this style such as Hosein Gollar Aghasi and Mohammad Modabber.
– Representing the Iranian pavilion at the Venice Biennale and serving as a juror in 1958.
– Overseeing the graphic department of the General Directorate of Fine Arts.
– Organizing the first Tehran Biennale.
– Founding the Independent Painters Group in 1975 with other Iranian artists.

Marcos Grigorian also taught at university and appeared in cinema. The documentary includes insights from prominent Iranian artists and critics such as Aidin Aghdashloo, Janet Lazarian, Sadegh Tabrizi, Javad Mojabi, Mohammad Ehsaei, Hossein Mahjoobi, Reza Bangiz, and Mehdi Hosseini.

Date: April 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Gaah-Art, Mozaffar Brothers St (between Enghelab St and Bozorgmehr St), No. 70, Block No. 3, Third floor, Flat No. 38