Ava Ansari

October 26th, 2014 New York City

The constant juggling act of a young man, accompanied artist and curator Ava Ansari’s passionate and poetic monologue about the life and practice of Ardeshir Mohassess (1938–2008), satirist, illustrator, painter, cartoonist, and political scientist not known for his drawings of his cat, lack of interest in ideology, correspondences with David Levine and Saul Rosenberg, love of classic comedy & music, rope walkers & circus ball jugglers, Rolex watches & montblanc pens, beautiful women & butterflies.

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Bio – Ava Ansari (Tehran & New York)

Ava Ansari is an artist, educator, and curator. She is the co-founder of The Back Room, a curatorial and pedagogical project which facilitates exchanges between artists and scholars in Iran and the U.S. Recent curatorial projects include Fixed Unknowns, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, 2014; I am Only a Reporter, Ardeshir Mohassess, Modern Section of Art Dubai, 2014; and A Call, a remote project with 80 performers between Tehran and New York. This project was conceptualized with Wafaa Bilal, and opened concurrently at Arran Gallery in Tehran and White Box Art Space in New York in 2011. Ansari has presented work at Dixon Place, La Mama, Eyebeam, the AC Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, among others. She has previously worked at Aperture Foundation, New York; Shirin Gallery, New York; Basement Gallery, Dubai; and Silk Road Gallery, Tehran. She currently works at the Edge of Arabia, where she serves as an associate curator and the manager of the E.O.A. U.S. Tour. Ansari received her B.A. in Public Relations and Journalism from Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran, and her M.A. in Art Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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Ardeshir Mohassess, Untitled, 1996, ink and watercolor on paper.