Rybon Art Center is an international, independent, and artist-run institute based in Tehran. It was established in 2008 to encourage artistic innovations and experimentations among local artists and also explore the possible exchange of ideas and knowledge in the field of contemporary critical art of Iran beyond ethnic and regional boundaries. Rybon founded by Tooraj Khamenehzadeh, Reza Farnam, and Mohammad Shishechiha, and two years later, Negin Mahzoun and Hamed Jaberha also were joined the family. Rybon family, with the notion of collectivity as its core, grew and have had changes during the time, and each person has played a different role to shape Rybon’s story, including but not exclusive of Arvin Ilbeigi, Janan Nozari, and Amin Bagheri.  

During these years, Rybon has initiated and conducted numerous projects, including art residencies, local and international artist workshops, art shares and artist talks, screenings, enhancing local art networks, and facilitating international art exchanges. In spite of the history of art residency in the world, in the early years of Rybon’s activity, this form of art practice did not have a strong background in Iran. Therefore, Rybon from the very beginning concentrated on different types of art residency, which facilitated dialogue and exchange of ideas among artists in Iran. 

Rybon started its first residency projects in collaboration with local artistic and cultural institutes, inviting established artists from neighboring countries. Holding Rybon International Artists’ Workshop based on Triangle workshops in 2012, in partnership with Mohsen Gallery and Darbast Platform in Tehran, was another step toward establishing residency culture. 

Impediments for holding international residencies lead to devising a new form of residency, namely exchange programs, by Rybon. The first of these exchange programs held in 2013 in collaboration with Organhaus Art Space of China and Mohsen Gallery in Tehran and Chongqing. At present the “Exchange Program” is being successfully practiced as a pivotal part of 
Kooshk Residency programs in Tehran.

Rybon supports artists and their works of art to facilitate and encourage new experiences. By creating a vast network of various artistic trends and exposing Iranian contemporary art with international art, Rybon aspires to bring some fresh air to Iranian contemporary art. Rybon is a partner of Triangle Network.

As an international, nonpolitical, autonomous initiative, Rybon Art Center aims to promote innovation and experimentation of art among established and emerging artists and to explore the possibilities of exchanging ideas and knowledge across ethnic, regional and artistic borders.

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