Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2023

Tere Recarens will be curating the activity around her own work Baharestan carpet (Spring carpet), which is currently included in the exhibition MACBA Collection. Prelude. Poetic intention. Tere Recarens is an inter-active artist based in Berlin and Barcelona. Her work follows a path of exploration. She begins by immersing herself in cultures and languages that she does not know before returning to the community an ephemeral piece of art that invites the viewer to become part of it. Without the visitor, the work is not complete. Fun, anger and other expressions of emotion are essential to her approaches.

The exhibition MACBA Collection: Prelude: Poetic intention presents Baharestan carpet, painted on cardboard, which tells us stories and legends of Iran. On the other side of the carpet, Shahnaz Hadinya’s work The bride of Iran appears. Like a garden of paradise, this carpet is designed to be activated together with the Iranian community in Barcelona and its surroundings.

The programme Let’s talk about... generates discussions on the Museum’s exhibitions between the different agents and artists in the city and our regular public. It is a meeting point that regards exhibitions as powerful devices capable of activating the imagination and generators of discourses that often go beyond the preconceived readings of the institution or the curatorial team.


Tere Recarens
Views of the Tere Recarens work "Baharestan carpet" (Spring carpet) at the exhibition of the Collection


Photo of the Spanish-Iranian political scientist Anahita Nassir

The protests in Iran, beyond the veil with Anahita Nassir

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Anahita Nassir is a Spanish-Iranian political scientist with a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her main areas of academic interest are Iran and how it fits geo-strategically in a changing world. From 2003 to 2012, she was the coordinator at Casa Asia and she currently works at Fundación IBO on development cooperation. She participates as an analyst on Iranian affairs in different media outlets to explain the situation in Iran, an unknown and fascinating country.

In her talk “The protests in Iran, beyond the veil”, Anahita will give us a context to understand the main causes that have led to the current condition of women in Iran and their importance in the fight for human rights.

Photo of the participant Ali Emadi

Persian gardens with Ali Emadi

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

It's not possible to define a Persian carpet without taking into account the symmetric distribution of its interior garden. With this in mind, we will talk to Ali Emadi and, together with Tere Recarens, we will reveal yet another mystery of the Baharestan carpet.

Ali Emadi (1982, Isfahan, Iran) received his master’s degree in Architecture in 2009. His main focus was the history of Iranian architecture and how to use sustainable technology in the modern world. He has exhibited his sketches in solo exhibitions in Isfahan. He is currently working at UPC for the department of architecture as a Ph.D. candidate in Barcelona, Spain, in 2023.

Foto de la artista Katy Evoghli

Performance with Katy Evoghli

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Born in Khoy, a city in northwest Iran, Katy Evoghli spent much of her childhood in Shiraz. The path she has followed through various latitudes of ancient Persia allowed her to access all the cultural diversity of a multi-ethnic land. In 1979, her family moved to Spain. Evoghli completed her musical education at Spanish conservatories, so the rich Persian musical tradition she received in Iran was enriched by classical European training.

Katy Evoghli’s sweet and masterly voice, with qualities of a typical Iranian timbre, combined with the melancholy, mysticism and intimate joy that pervade Persian music and lyrics, transport listeners to deep beauty of a fascinating and unknown culture.

Tere Recarens with some of the participants of the activity

A picnic with Tere Zelzeleh, Sabores de la vida and Soheil Keshavarz

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is the most celebrated day in Iran, and it is also the first day of spring. Then there is Sizdah Bedar, which means the thirteenth day of the year. On this designated day, people go out for a picnic in nature. We will organise this picnic in the MACBA Atrium, run by Sabores de la vida, a Barcelona store specialising in international and especially Persian products. We will be accompanied on voice and guitar by Soheil Keshavarz, which means star of agriculture, and who will sing us modern music and songs from this revolution.

A picnic that will take place on the Baharestan carpet, from which Tere Zelzeleh will reveal some secrets to us. Bahrestan carpet is a poem that surrounds the garden, as if it were a stream, and flows into a central pond. Chahar bagh, which means four gardens, are the gardens that Tere will explain to us: about mythology, the Sassanian era, modern politics and Iranian feminism. Among other things, she will also tell us how she found the Spring carpet.

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