Tehran Calling: London

Calling Project

Curated by Tarlan Rafie & Yashar Samimi Mofakham

"The sons of Adam are limbs of each other, having been created of one essence. When the calamity of time affects one limb, the other limbs cannot remain at rest. If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a human."* Part of chapter 1, story 10 of the Gulistan; Saadi Shirazi, (1184 - 1283/1291)*

Art is a cornerstone of culture and civilization. The cultural evolution of nations needs new horizons and this means that trading thoughts between nations and cultures must go on an odyssey of episteme -- and the metamorphosis of knowledge is based on "Callings."


In Persian culture, it is said that "a pinch of salt and a piece of bread" is all one needs to make an eternal and unconditional friendship and commitment. This has a history as old as time. In that single moment where you intersect time and place, history is made.


“Calling” is our “Salt and Bread.” East and West have heeded the call to make a new relations without any materialistic expectations. This has been a long time coming.

*Motto at the gate of the United Nations building entrance

Artists Ali Alavi, Azarakhsh Askari, Mazdak Ayari, Amin Davaie, Saeed Ensafi, Negar Farajiani, Farhad Fozouni, Amirali Ghasemi, Alireza Ghazi, Amirali Golriz, Sahand Hesamiyan, Peyman Hooshmandzadeh, Amir Mobed, Behzad Nejadghanbar, Tarlan Rafiee, Saeed Ravanbakhsh, Nastaran Safaie, Yashar Samimi Mofakham, Sina Seifee, Jinoos Taghizadeh, Saleh Tasbihi, Nasser Teymourpour

Supported by The British Council, LPS, Bread & Salt