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Majlis Talks | Reza Derakshani, in conversation with Rebecca Anne Proctor

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Curated by FOLIO, Alserkal's digital publication, Majlis Talks feature speakers from across the art, design, and architecture disciplines.

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The artist Reza Derakshani incorporates the forgotten tales and symbols of Iran's cultural heritage during a time when those very traditions are under threat. This conversation with former Harper’s Bazaar Art editor-in-chief Rebecca Anne Proctor will shine a light on Derakshani’s recent trip to Russia, its effect on his work, and the parallels he draws between Iranian and Russian culture in his latest body of work.

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Reza Derakshani

Born in 1952 in Sangsar, a small village in the North East of Iran, Reza Derakshani is a painter, musician and performance artist. Graduating from The University of Tehran in 1976, Derakshani continued his studies at Pasadena School of Art, going on to teach at the University of Tehran before leaving the country in 1986. His work is featured in many public art collections including the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Derakshani also performed as a musician at festivals such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He now divides his time between Dubai, UAE, and Austin, USA.

Rebecca Anne Proctor

Rebecca Anne Proctor is the former Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Art and Harper’s Bazaar Interiors. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Style Magazine; Bloomberg Businessweek, Canvas, Artnet News, Frieze, BBC, Galerie, FOLIO, The National, ArtNews, and The Business of Fashion. She has also written several texts for books and catalogues on Middle Eastern art and culture. Proctorobtained her M. Litt from Christie's London in Modern and Contemporary Art Historyafter which she worked at Gagosian Gallery before moving to Paris to pursue a double MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Conflict Resolution from the American University of Paris, and a Master’s in Sociologie des Conflits (Sociology of Conflicts) from the L’Institut Catholique.

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