Rasoul Moarek Nejad
In the minds of Iranians and possibly other nationalities, Isfahan is known with its traditions. A city with two periods as the capital city and traditional arts which is mostly associated with the Safavids and there are music and visual arts schools in the name of “School of Isfahan”. Likewise in contemporary era, Isfahan has a high potential in arts such as music, theater and literature (prose and poetry). With growing the traditional art and grafting to the modern art, a suitable environment and a considerable demand were created for the advent and acceptance of new branches including land art and video art.
In this way, Rasoul Moarek Nejad is one of the first video artists of Isfahan who became a member of Association of Filmmakers of Isfahan and began his artwork in this field with 8 and 16 mm cameras. Moarek Nejad, the leading artist in the field of video art of Iran and especially Isfahan, was born in 1968 and studied painting at the graduate school of Tarbiat Modarres university, Tehran. He started painting professionally since 1989. In addition to painting, he is a poet, writer and critic, too. Up to now in addition to papers, he has published 4 books: “Hands in the Mirror’s Hair: Collected poems” (2003); “Image of Shadows” (an analysis on the late Zia- Al- Din Emami’s works, 2006); “Aesthetics of children paintings” (2009); “Myth and Art” (2009).
After passing a two-year period of directing and filmmaking of Young Cinema, Moarek Nejad produced his first video art named “Creation” in 1994 in the form of video animation which had been filmed by 3 reels 8 mm and since then, video art has been the constituent of his art life.
He believes that while a video artist is an enlightened and avant-garde person, he is a technician, too. Therefore, he prefers to do all the elements involved in the making of his video works including imaging, editing, sound mixing and music individually and thinks that association of ideas and techniques are necessary to become an “artist”. Always holistic thinking of a video artist has been interesting for him in some way in which a video art benefits from music, painting, cinema instrument and etc.
Some video arts of Moarek Nejad include “Shadowy”, “Manufacturer: 3 episodes”, “Transfer”, “Gap” and a documentary video “Blue Line” (a performance of Ali Mirzaei in the dry bed of Zayandeh Rood river), and a video- installation- performance “Distorted time (1 & 2)” which has had a presentation different from conventional way to play video art.
The mythical view of Moarek Nejad is comprehended in all his works especially the presence of woman as the myth of the creator which is perceived tangibly in “manufacturer” particularly. The way his videos presented are often in the formats of video- installation and video- performance. Moarek Nejad’s works have been presented in Greece, Swedish, France, South Korea, and America in addition to some cities of Iran.
Lili Taher 2013
Rasoul Moarek Nejad
Born in 1968, Isfahan, IRAN
Fin Art MA, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran
Thesis: Pictorial Expression of the Myth in Iranian Contemporary Painting, 1940s-1980s
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, 2003
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, ( Video Art) 2005
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, (Painting & Video Art) 2008
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, (Painting & Video Art) 2012
Apadana Gallery, video art( video performance and instalition) 2013
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfaha. IRAN,”Purportediy Unrelated . Narrative, Synthersizing Mind” . Video art and Installation.July 3th -12th 2019
Korean Nature Artist’ Association – YATOOT (Water), Geumgang Nature Art Biennale .2018
.Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan,(Curator: Rasoul Moareknejad). IRAN.2018
BOTANICAL- Group video art exhibition,Tehran, IRAN, Vista art gallery 2017
Korean Nature Artist’ Association – YATOOT (Water), Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2016
International Association of Plastic Arts Italy is the sole representative in Italy of IAA(AIAPI UNESCO PARTNER),2016
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN,(Travelogue of Isfahan) 2016
aknoon gallery, video performance and instalition,(curated by Samira Hashemi and Mona Aghababaei),2015
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, 2015
Khaju Bridge (Persian: Pol-e Khāju), Isfahan, IRAN, (Water: Video Art), 2014
Ali gholi aghs( bath house museum ), Isfahan, IRAN, (Water: Video Art), 2014
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, (Video Art), 2013
Iranian Artist’s Forum, The review of a decade of video art in iran, tehran, (Video Art), 2013
South Korea:(Curators: Atefeh Khas & Fereshteh Alamshah) :2013
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN, (Video Art), 2012
Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, IRAN,Without Border 2. (curated by Neda Darzi). (Video Art), 2010
Athens Video Art Festival, GREECE, 2010
۲nd Iranian University Students Exhibition, Arak, IRAN, 1994.Awarded
۳rd Biennale of Iranian Painting, Contemporary Arts Museum, Tehran, IRAN, 1995
Dialogue Among Civilization, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Isfahan, IRAN, 1999
۳rd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary artist, Isfahan, IRAN, 2003
Visual Art of the Artists of Isfahan, Bahman Gallery, Tehran, IRAN, 2004
-Children´s painting from the beginning until the age of nine,Tarbiat; Educational monthly Journal, Ministry of Education, Part1:Nov.2000, Part2:Dec.2000,Part3:Jan.2001.
–Children´s Poetry, Tarbiat; Educational monthly Journal, Ministry of Education, April-May2001.
–Investigation of Education Programmes on children´s Painting ,Islamic Republic TV, Tehran,2003.
–The beginning of Iranian Painting and Painter´s tendency Western Painting, Karafan: The Educational Quarterly General Directorate of High Technical and Vocational Education, Autumn2004.
-Minimalism in the visual art, Karafan: The Educational Quarterly General Directorate of High Technical and Vocational Education, Winter2004.
-Women and Plants in the works of Mahdi Hossaini, Faslname-ye Honar, The art Quarterly,Autumn2005.
– THE Collection of Essays on Literature: Congress of Isfahan School: the Iranian academy of the arts 2008.
– Relations between poetry and art during Safavid Period,International Conference of the School Of Isfahan-from1000 to 1135 lunar year (A.H), Tehran and Isfahan, 2006.
– Swirling Dervishes in Light of Mysticim: Khiyal, the quarterly periodical of the Iranian academy of the arts:22&23:2007.
– The comparative study of creation myth in Zarvan Cult and myths of Australian Aborigines, Zahra Bankizadeh. Rasoul Moareknezhad(Moareknejad). Mehdi Hosseini. Zohreh Davazdahemami, the biannual journal of Comparative Studies of Art, Art University of Isfahan, Vol.4. No.8. Fall and Winter 2014-2015.
– Editing and Videoart, Chideman Visual Art Magazine, Winter 2014-2015.
Persian paintings of Garmaba(Bathhuse).2015
myth and art, mirdashti pub. tehran. Isfahan pub 2014
Astatic of chidren paintings, neveshteh pub., 2010
Image of shadows, Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan pub., 2005
Hand in the Mirror´s Hair: Collected Poems, 1997-2003.
Workshop, video art, Isfahan, IRAN, 2013