SARADIPOUR Art (SARAI) is a contemporary gallery dedicated first and foremost to introducing Middle Eastern visual arts. Founded by Hassan Saradipour in 2018, our gallery serves as a platform to showcase both emerging and established artists internationally by organizing exhibitions, defining regional and international competitions and joint events, and publishing bodies of works by artists.
As the cradle of civilizations, we believe that the historically, culturally and geopolitically significant region of the Middle East and North Africa is still suffering from the lack of a robust, dedicated platform to represent its creative forces, and all that has been done so far has come from a rather external viewpoint. Our mission is to be the voice that comes from the inside out. With our passionate, relatively young team of various creative backgrounds, our vision is to expand our represented area from Iran to its neighboring countries and towards other countries in the rest of ME, North Africa and beyond, following traces of fresh potentials, cultural affinities and a mutual desire to express and grow.
As a step in this direction and a creative response to COVID19 challenges, we launched Khor Art Initiative in march 2020; a nation-wide open call with the objectives of bringing financial and creative vitality back to the art community by creating a competitive event and promoting the winners via organizing multi-platform online shows and introducing the artists on social media. The project proved successful. A high profile regional and international jury of gallerists, curators, critics, and artists including Christian Viveros-Fauné, Gorka Garcia Herrera, Iva Gueorguieva, Janet Rady, Karim Nasr, Katie Grinnan, Kenny Schacter, Nancy Adajania, and Nicola Samori graciously accepted to review the submissions. This resulted in the selection of 55 mostly little-known, young painters of great quality and dedication. Due to the pandemic and to further support the artists, the gallery has wavered its commission from sales in this event. Our next step is to turn ‘Khor’ into an annual art prize whose scope will expand each year to include other countries in the Middle Eastern and North African region. Moreover, our long-term plan is to develop Khor into a magazine of international standards dedicated to visual arts developments of the region.