Majdeddin Mo’allemi made the statement during the press conference of the event held in Tehran on Wednesday, adding that this year 30 revolutionary artists will be commemorated and 30 busts of Morteza Avini, made by Qodratollah Me’marian, will be delivered to provincial officials to be installed in the country’s provinces.

Masoud Shojaei-Tabatabai, who is the director of the Art Bureau’s Visual Arts Office, also attended the meeting.

In the last two years, due to the coronavirus outbreak, several cultural programs have been cancelled and artists were not able to communicate with the people, Mo’allemi added.

Mo’allemi said that previously an artist’s influence and the people’s acceptance of his works were the most important indicators in choosing the Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year. However, this year, due to lack of interaction between artists and the people, the process underwent some changes.

In addition, to choose the Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year, 30 top artists will be introduced in 20 fields of arts including cinema, theater, research, music, poetry, visual arts, and photography, he added.

Indicators such as personal record, popularity of the artwork, the role of the artist in introducing the arts of the revolution, and educating the young generation are considered in choosing the Islamic Revolution Artist of the Year.

Mo’allemi noted that paving the ground for developing revolutionary arts is among other objectives of holding the week.

A number of exhibitions are set to be held in Yazd, Kurdestan and Fars provinces on the sidelines of the program, he said.

Speaking about other programs of the week, Tabatabai said that 30 posters related to Avini’s handwritten manuscripts were designed by prominent graphic designers and will go on display at an exhibition in Tehran and other provinces.

Avini was martyred, at age 46, by a landmine in 1993 during his trip to the former Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) zone in southwestern Iran while making a documentary about soldiers who were still listed as missing in action.

He became famous for ‘The Narration of Triumph,’ and is called “the master of martyred writers” by his colleagues and war veterans due to the fervent narrations he wrote for his documentaries.


Source: Iran Daily