Formed 28/8

Date: 28/8/19
Time: 20:00
Location: Simplonstraße 29, 10245 Berlin.


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ARTISTS TALK – Samira & Samar


Samira Hodaei

In this Artist talk, Dorit Rubin-elkanati (She who loves art) will be hosting a discussion/Q&A with these two fascinating, intelligent and beautiful young artists:

Born in Iran in 1981, Hodaei graduated from Alzahra Art University in 2007. Her tapestry-like paintings have a distinctive look and have been part of solo and group exhibitions in Europe, USA, UAE, Asia, and Australia. Hodaei’s paintings combine graphics and glass paint; a unique blend that distinguishes the artist’s work. After few residencies in Zurich at the Oryx Foundation, Hodaei moved to Berlin in 2017. As an artist in residence in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Hodaei began to experiment with installations. The dialogue that Hodaei seeks to trigger around and through her work takes a much widerstand with Presence of an Absence. Moving her work from Swiss galleries and international art fairs to the public realm is a first in Iran. Hodaei’s work has been bought by collectors across the world since 2013.

 Iranian artist Samira Hodaei is presenting her latest ensemble of work, developed in Berlin and entitled Cinema Europe, at Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
This represents the outcome and visual expression of her continued observations of border areas between public, private and abandoned architectural spaces and their influence on the existential reality of those people who have been linked with them.
 Hodaei’s installation, which combines, everyday objects and painting, comprises an empathic reminiscence about “Cinema Europe”, a film theatre opened at the heart of Teheran in 1968 and known all across the country; it was one of the biggest cinemas in a nation of film-enthusiasts.

Due to the difficulties in film production under the political conditions of the new age, censorship, the banning of foreign films, and a devastating fire, the once so lively center of cultural exchange now faces imminent demolition. With her highly impressive symbolic reconstruction of the cinema, Hodaei has created a universal space of remembrance in Berlin – a decidedly artistic manifestation against forgetfulness, and for coming together and free exchange between people all over the world.


Mentrix writes and performs evocative electronic music, indebted to the propulsive rhythms and folkloric tonalities of her native Iran. Born in 1981 in Tehran, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist was drawn to daf drumming through the teachings of Islamic Sufism. Having grown up between Iran and France, Mentrix (real name Samar Rad) effortlessly incorporates a wide-ranging, dynamic sonic palette on each of her recorded works.

Having began as a featured artist, lending her idiosyncratic vocal performances to a handful of close colleagues, Rad quickly shifted focus to recording original material of her own. Inspired, flowing studio sessions birthed Nature (2018) and Dreams (2019), Rad’s first two EPs under her Mentrix guise, launching her exploration into Middle-Eastern musical timbres and textures – a process which has resulted in My Enemy My Love (2019), the singer-songwriter’s debut album. Featuring sacred rudiments, odes to ancient rituals and collaborations with both Eastern and Western musicians, My Enemy My Love is a future-leaning ode to origin – a breakthrough for Rad and her Mentrix project A bold, female energy shines across the Mentrix universe. “In a landscape that at times feels like a wasteland, I hope to make music and visuals that inspire and motivate,” says Rad.

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