We believe that art neither requires nor possesses a passport or visa, that there should be no denial or granting of access to determine success. The circulation of art is at an unprecedented level, yet gaps, white spaces, remain when it comes to the global presentation and reception of non-Western art. We want to challenge these "blind spots" and work toward a change in perspective. The concept of transculturality is our guideline: it sketches a different picture of the relation between cultures, no one of isolation or conflict, but one of entanglement, intermingling and commonality. Factory TT was initiated 2015 by Shahram Entekhabi and Asieh Salimian as an art education platform.
After a series of actions, performances and workshops in various locations in Iran, Factory TT started with the large exhibition project "Copy / Paste" with 13 international artists in Tehran and Isfahan in 2017.
In the same year Factory TT accomplished the first art festival "Tabdil / Tolid" (Farsi for Conversion / Production) in the public space of the city of Ardabil in Northwestern Iran. The project focuses on the aspects of ecology and sustainability and what has been achieved with the participation of local artists and the public in cooperation with the National Environmental Authority.
I’ve been traveling to Iran regularly for more than 10 years. During this time I had many exhibitions there and I have established close valuable contacts with the art scene, artists, galleries, institutes and other participations. The flourishing art scene in Iran has motivated me to get involved there. I have come into contact with many young artists. I have collaborated with many artists and we exchanged views in many workshops and lectures. On the other hand, I encountered a narrowness in the outmaneuver possibilities of the art establishment, caused by the lack of an institutional system, no adequate educational opportunities and no international encounter. While the few galleries were in backyards and underground, today they are ubiquitous.
With regard to the situation, art practice, artist and exhibition and gallery and public presentation in Iran, only a handful of galleries and institutes are available to show contemporary works.