During our conversation we discussed: The influences of our fathers, How every generation should build something new, That we should not rely on inheriting anything, Young women artists, Artwork has to be love at first sight, How the personality of the artist plays a role in the love of their artwork, Art fairs, The nature of living on hope and dreams, Arrogance, elitism, and vanity in the art world, The importance of being humble and down to earth, The use of social media to sell art, Using social media as a tool, but not a crutch, Her choice to not put prices of artwork online, Trying to balance being a commercial gallery with potentially being too commercial, That gallerists are ‘cultural diplomats’, Support for the arts by governments, The need for more intercultural dialogues, Seeking authentic perspectives, The need to be always making your best work, The fact that nobody should strive to be mediocre, You should only fight in the art world in a positive way, never be bitter or negative, The beauty of the young and naive, Having a vision and being brave enough to follow your vision, and how gallerists need to be clever.
In 2015 Anahita Sadighi established her first gallery Anahita Arts of Asia in Berlin’s art scene, featuring the antique arts of Asia from Persia, Central Asia, the Himalayas, China and Japan.
With the founding of her second gallery Anahita Contemporary in 2018, the programme extends to contemporary art – thus creating a unique combination between ancient non-European art and international contemporary art, curated by a young Berliner with Iranian roots.
The gallery presents Art Informal, as well as a new generation of artists from Germany, the Middle East and Asia. The focus points to an intercultural dialogue with distinguished artists of different generations. The gallery will regularly organise artists talks and panel discussions. In addition, a scholarship programme of the gallery offers artists the opportunity to work in Berlin for a period of one month.
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