The British Museum's Islamic Gallery now plays host to a splendidly curated exhibition of contemporary works by various Iranian artists. Between two walls and a central display case, works by artists like Bahman Mohassess, Parviz Tanavoli and Mitra Tabrizian are displayed. The room buzzes with creative energy and lends an insight into the vivacity of the Iranian art scene - one that demands to be understood on its own terms.
A walk through the array of prints, collages and sculptural books present salient threads that bind the works together. Persian poetry prominently reverberates through many works, highlighting a keen awareness of and continued interaction with cultural history. At the same time, each work is a bold statement that stands independent of its neighbouring piece.
Albeit small, the exhibition is worth visiting. It makes for an inspiring learning experience, pointing towards the brimming potential of contemporary Iranian artists and a recasting of common stereotypes that still surround the country in western media.
The exhibition runs in Room 34 of the British Museum until April 2, 2017.
Written by Camron intern Joella Kiu.