I Take My City

This solo show explores the artist’s complex relationship to her home city, Tehran.

Art Exhibition previously on at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick in Brunswick precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 04 February 2023 to Sunday 26 March 2023

  Setareh Hosseini. I Take My City 1, 2016. Photo collage. 50 x 79 cm. Edition of 3 image

Event published by Counihan Gallery on Saturday 11 February 2023.
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Years ago, the Iranian pop singer Farhad sang: ‘I wish humans could take their homeland with them wherever they wanted, like violets.’

In this solo exhibition by Setareh Hosseini, the artist builds a city that can sit in the palm of a hand. It is a city that can be taken anywhere and everywhere. The miniature city can be the object of longing, reflection and sometimes dismay. ‘I Take My City’ is based on the artist’s nostalgia for Tehran.

Hosseini creates palm-sized images of her city as a visual metaphor. She says: “The city in which people have lived since childhood creates a deep emotional burden for them. As if the city becomes the body of people. Those who think about leaving face the question: What can they do with the things they feel attached to?”

This exhibition is presented in association with International Women’s Day.


Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick