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The idea of the initiative entitled "Meetings" is new and even courageous; firstly because it goes counter to a well known common-place, widely diffused when speaking about artistic creativity. Even due to the legacy of a romantic vision, the artist is often commonly seen as an individual separated, if not isolated from the world, who creates on the basis of a mysterious and unrepeatable inspiration.If this were so, no encounters between artists, obviously, would be conceivable. But those who know art and, especially, those who produce it, well know that things are different. That inspiration, certainly, is an individual thing but that it is nurtured by continuous exchanges, by an uninterrupted process of cross-transfer of ideas, solutions and intuitions. That the originality of an individual artist is not founded on isolation but, on the contrary, on a capacity to make one's own those elements that can be gathered from other experiences, to look with a personal eye at what others see, to say with a personal voice words that belong to everybody.This is the reason that we believe that, working side by side, these artists could nourish in a new, original and creative way, their own personal creativity. For, without listening there are no living words but only sterile repetition. Without exchange there is no growth.And this viewpoint is not only valid on an interpersonal level. For this reason this initiative makes sense because it concerns two Countries and two cultures.We must remember, at a moment when from too many sides there is talk of incompatibility, even of a clash between cultures, an undeniable historical fact: just as for individuals, so for cultures, it is false to oppose originality and dialogue, hypothesize an isolation that is not only sterile but, above all, impossible.Who better than Iran and Italy can boast ancient roots and a heritage of extraordinary and secular cultural creativity. But the wealth of these two cultures has been, and still is, directly connected to their ability to listen, absorb, elaborate, communicate and exchange. Their originality and vitality would not be compatible with closure. That is why this encounter, though modest in size, has a significance of great importance as a sign of reciprocal attention and of a special sympathy and affinity between two peoples who are not geographically close but who, as a result of ties partly traceable in their history, but partly quite mysterious, understand, esteem and appreciate each other.
H.E. Ambassador of Italy
Roberto Toscano

Artists:
Marisol Serago, Kiana Mahboob, Francesca Biasetton & Golnaz Fathi
Sponsor:

Alitalia, Associazione Culturale Cesare Sterbini, Shaparak Multimedia Group, Kian team
29-30 May 2004

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