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Exhibition Review

Red Paper

‘Red Paper’ is a two-part exhibition held in Nabshi Center that is curated by Peyman Pourhosein in a collaboration between Nabshi and Studio Kargah. The first part named ‘Red Poster’ contains documents and images of cultural policies designed by the Soviet Union for the public, especially in the southern and eastern Russia, and the second part ‘Red Book” is consisted of paper documents of cultural export.

Relations between Iran and the Soviet Union started dates back to the Safavid era; when both sides had no relation with each other despite being neighbors. This was a weakness for them on an International level. Next years, signing contracts between these two countries caused economic and cultural exchanges, especially through the northwestern provinces of Iran.

In this exhibition, Pourhosein tries to show the historical relations and also the cultural and artistic influences of the Soviet Union in Iran. Generally, the posters, revolutionary murals, magazine covers and advertising posters have turned “Red Paper” into an eye-catching exhibition. The works are aesthetically and historically important.

Nabshi has exhibited other similar collections such as ‘Roudaki Hall’ before. Perhaps the similarity between Red Paper posters and the Iranian samples would be a new subject to research.