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autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person's life.

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cama foundation Artistic Development
Artistic Development

Focusing on creating platforms for both emerging and established artists to gain exposure and sustain meaningful and viable careers in the visual arts.

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cama foundation MS Awareness project
MS Awareness

There are many creative talented artists around the world who deal with physical and emotional difficulties associated with MS. When deeply immersed in their art, they had a break from worries about their MS.

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cama foundation artist development
Artist Development

The foundation remit revolves around nurturing and establishing creative talent during the first steps of their career. The CAMA Foundation aims to stimulate the arts and cultural sector by providing routes via which individuals and organizations can explore new ideas

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cama foundation Educational Programt
Educational Program

The CAMA Foundation’s educational program provides our members with fundamental techniques in painting, sculpting, poetic and calligraphic mediums.

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cama foundation women's right
women's right

Art was not merely an object for aesthetic admiration, but could also incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape, and through this questioning, possibly affect the world and bring change toward equality.

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cama foundation Artistic Impact
Artistic Impact

Through time, it has been widely understood that art imitates life. The painter creates what he or she sees and feels by producing a work on canvas.

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cama foundation Mentorship Program
Mentorship Program

The mentor program connects professional artists, curators, art advisors and art academics among others to emerging artists in their respective mediums.

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Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in childhood and lasts throughout a person's life. It affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates, and learns. It includes what used to be known as Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders.

An incredibly gifted young girl with Autism, she is an orphan and is located in a government institute which has no money, she has been given the concept to create an artwork and she has doe this on the back of a cereal box and a chocolate box. CAMA Foundation's aim is to help this girl's thoughts, voice and talent reaches to the world through her works.


MS Awareness

"Multiple sclerosis may be a part of who you are, but it doesn't define you as a person. You are who you are, and MS can't take that away from you." - Clarissa, diagnosed in 2006 There are many creative talented artists around the world who deal with physical and emotional difficulties associated with MS. When deeply immersed in their art, they had a break from worries about their MS.

Hooman Nasiri is in a wheelchair and is incredibly talented in spite of his handicap – We want to do a solo exhibition, he wants to be recognised for his artistic contributions rather than his MS disease. Thus, our aim is to help this talented and creative artist to show his thoughts through his works.


ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT

The CAMA Foundation is focused on creating platforms for both emerging artists and established artists to gain exposure and sustain meaningful and viable careers in the visual arts. The various CAMA spaces concomitantly bridge the gap between the formal exhibition space and the workshop space in allowing artists to experiment, converse and challenge their innermost thoughts through artistic channels. It is our deep-rooted belief that visual arts stand not only to reflect a contemporary aesthetic but reflect the tone of our society as it is at present.

CAMA Studio, CAMA Launchpad and CAMA Project Room function in adjoining spaces centered from CAMA Gallery in the Panorama shopping centre look to create synchronicity between traditional studio spaces and exhibition spaces in a manner that is most beneficial for the artist. CAMA Launchpad and CAMA Project Room are vibrant new spaces where we hope to explore the infinite scope of Iranian art making by shining the spotlight on those in their creative infancy. The CAMA inner city spaces are ventures dedicated to breaking down barriers and celebrating our diversity through art. These spaces exist in order to create visibility, conjure discussions around human processes and create a sense of togetherness between artists and art buyers.


ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

The CAMA Foundation aims to stimulate the arts and cultural sector by providing routes via which individuals and organizations can explore new ideas and concepts without prejudgment that in turn could look to change not only arts and culture but the wider societal concepts that it embodies. The foundation remit revolves around nurturing and establishing creative talent during the first steps of their career. In doing this, we aim to enable and facilitate opportunities for emerging artists to be discovered by the relevant cultural and commercial institutions that can lead to recognition and a professional career as an artist. We organize workshops, competitions and festivals and are working together with a portfolio of art academies across the world in order to fund and explore new ideas and concepts.


EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

The CAMA Foundation’s educational program provides our members with fundamental techniques in painting, sculpting, poetic and calligraphic mediums and caters the needs of participants on a case by case basis. In addition to practical artistic skills, individuals receive instruction in personal character development including the development of self-worth, self-esteem and conflict resolution activities helping them become role models and leaders within their respective communities.

As part of our goal to have the widest impact possible, CAMA Foundation members are encouraged to take the skills they have been taught and pay them forward by working with participants (non-members) across our community and educational programs. Our aim is therefore to have an effect that is felt far beyond the confines of the foundation itself.


ARTISTIC IMPACT

Through time, it has been widely understood that art imitates life. The painter creates what he or she sees and feels by producing a work on canvas; the sculptor does the same in stone, bronze or plastic; a photographer does so through moving visual mediums and a writer does so through the art of semantics. This concept is more commonly known as mimesis.

But some have questioned the one-dimensional nature of mimesis and the practices that facilitate it by arguing that instead, life, on some occasions imitates art rather than the other way around. It is widely understood that the first person to argue this notion with merit was the famous Oscar Wilde. Speaking whimsically about a foggy London in the late 19th Century, he wrote that the way he had perceived that scene had changed due to his understanding and embrace of the visual arts. In reference to ‘the wonderful brown fogs that come creeping down our streets, blurring the gas lamps and turning houses into shadows’ he noted that ‘poets and painters have taught [people] the loveliness of such effects’. In Wilde’s mind ‘they did not exist until art had invented them’.

The Arts and its role within the wider global dynamic places creativity and imagination at the heart of the quest of societal change. Our work seeks to strengthen the visibility of Iranian art within the wider global community and in turn looks to highlight the role an ever-modernizing global community plays within the Iranian arts scene. We are interested in the spaces between cultures that enable new experiences, new conversations and new discoveries that in turn lead to greater cultural understanding, appreciation and inclusion. In doing this we appreciate and help to appreciate that the process of learning and collaborating and the risks that lie within those processes can often be most positively facilitated via safe spaces that sit in the middle.

We work to create such spaces in partnership with others. We bridge the worlds of research, culture and public services and look to explore the ever-changing cultural dynamics that provide mutual benefits to each of these fields. Our current work focuses most primarily on local government, cultural networks and partnerships between the creative and academic communities.

We are interested in long term relationships and look to provide platforms for those who have not previously been considered within the wider discourse surrounding societal change. We are interested in working with connectors, those people who can translate cultural practice from one domain to another and who can present art in forms that extend beyond limited conventionality.


MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The CAMA Foundation mentor program connects professional artists, curators, art advisors and art academics among others to emerging artists in their respective mediums. Mentors provide students with professional guidance and moral support through their various stages of artistic development from Level 1 (Grassroots) to Level 10 (Sustainable Pro. Career). Creating a role model figure for communities lacking leadership and mentorship provides direction and creates purpose and motivates a pursuit of one’s goals. The CAMA Foundation’s art mentors are chosen and inspired by the presentation and exploration of new ideas and perspective, as well as creation and immersion into a new mode of thought; giving a helping hand to artists who aspire to become true revolutionaries. These mentors help young artists better perform at awakening, informing, influencing and exploring solutions for a better future with their works. Helping to present, promote and cultivate this ideology is a concept that lies at the core of the foundation.

The fellowship program is a rigorous, interdisciplinary educational and mentorship program within the visual arts that looks most principally to empower young, underprivileged and otherwise oppressed adults from multi-ethnic communities to achieve their goals as professionals in the arts and culture industry.


WOMEN'S RIGHT

Feminist artists sought to create a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork through the inclusion of women's perspective. Art was not merely an object for aesthetic admiration, but could also incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape, and through this questioning, possibly affect the world and bring change toward equality.

"Woman by woman, Shared Reverie - False Pattern"
This is the story of a weaver in Lorestan one of the state of Iran, where her husband sold her Gabbehs forcibly and spent the money for young and new wife, and This weaver is deliberately mistaken that her husband cannot sell her Gabbehs. Gabbeh is from nomadic findings that are commonly woven by women. With this feature, which is created without any predetermined pattern, that is in fact, from the weaver›s imagination, which they call «False Pattern». The pattern which come from imagination, how can it be wrong?

CAMA Foundation is to exhibit this artwork in order to honour women's right.
Our Necessity and Goals:

  • Representation of Abstract Expressionism of traditional Iranian Gabbeh as a False Pattern
  • Representation of Gabbeh’s aesthetic aspects as an artwork.
  • A look at art and art sociologists on sociological study and social aspects of Gabbeh as woven fabric in rural and tribal communities in Iran.
  • Publish works in the form of a book and compare them to the artworks of well-known artists from the modern, postmodern and contemporary worlds.
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