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Hashem Shakeri, Cast Out Of Heaven (2016-ongoing)

3. June @ 10:00 - 13. June @ 20:00

Copenhagen Photo Festival 2021 presents one of its solo exhibitions as part of the FRAMING SOCIETY focal points: Cast Out of Heaven by the artist Hashem Shakeri.

The current U.S. sanctions against Iran, mismanagement by the government and the subsequent drastic drop in the value of the Iranian currency have led to skyrocketing housing prices in Iran. 

This has forced many Tehraners to leave the capital and seek new homes on the margins of Tehran; Parand, Pardis and Hashtgerd. The towns are part of the Mehr Housing Project, initiated in 2007—the largest state-funded housing project in Iran’s history. 

These newly-constructed towns are marked by soaring residential skyscrapers notorious for social pathologies, such as high suicide rates and drug abuse. Sleep-deprived residents leave early in the morning for work, with a daily commute of two to three hours. Populations are also increasing rapidly without the adequate educational, social or health care services to support them. There is also no entertainment, nothing to do in one’s free time. Here is the land of those cast out of their heaven – the metropolitan Tehran. And they all share the bitterness of the fall.

Hashem Shakeri, a native to Iran, spent more than four years meeting and documenting the residents and towns of Parand, 30 km southwest of Tehran province, Pardis, 17 km northeast of Tehran province and Hashtgerd, 25 km west of Tehran province.

“Cast out of Heaven”is the second part of Shakeri’s trilogy which deals with issues of exile, isolation, self-alienation and abandonment as experienced by the contemporary man, regardless of a specific geography. The first story of this trilogy was called “An Elegy for the Death of Hamun”

Hashem Shakeri’s exhibition will fit the industrial and desolate setting at Refshaleøen by huge landscape photos on scaffoldings and 15 smaller artworks focusing on Tehran’s citizens and their stories, scattered over the terrin.

The festival centre and CPF has generously been supported by Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familiefond og Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.

FESTIVAL OPENING HOURS: 

Opening Day: 3.6: 17:00-22:00

4-6.6: 10:00-20:00

7-9.6: 12:00-20:00

10-13.6: 10:00-20:00

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Start:
3. June @ 10:00
End:
13. June @ 20:00
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Hashem Shakeri

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Festival Centre
Refshalevej 173c
Copenhagen, 1432 Danmark
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