Our Portal is located at Va Gallery, an independent, woman-run arts space focused on experimental and video art. In addition to hosting roving shows, Va organizes exhibitions, workshops, performances, and talks. Va also runs a residency program, which has hosted a number of national and international artists, critics and writers. The artists behind Va are deeply plugged into the cultural scene in Isfahan, which is in turn the cultural capital of Iran.
For more information or to organize an event please email our Isfahan Portal Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A global art project recently came to D.C., bringing visitors face-to-face with strangers in Afghanistan, Iran and Cuba. Hundreds of people signed up online to book 20-minute-long one-on-one conversations in the Portal, a shipping container outfitted with video, audio and Internet.
We recently stood at a door in New York. We walked through that door and faced a person inside Iran. That was the concept of an art installation which started in New York and whose creators hope to take it elsewhere. They invited us to try. Walk into a common steel shipping container painted gold.
BBC Persian reports in Farsi on the Tehran-NYC Portal.
When I went to Tehran in 2011 to interview then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, relations with the U.S. were at a low, and distrust between the two nations was at a high. So it was unsurprising that Iran's leader played to type perfectly, spouting nasty rhetoric when he sat down with me.
On Friday morning, a portal opened between New York City and Tehran. For the next two weeks, people in either city can walk into a scale-replica of a shipping container outfitted with an AV connection to the other city and have a live, impromptu chat with a stranger partway around the globe. The project is called A Portal Between Tehran and NYC.