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Based in the Netherlands and Iran
Active since 2004
Pages is a bilingual Farsi/English artist magazine initiated by Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi in 2004. It is published sporadically in the Netherlands and its content always expands from the artists’ own practice. As an independent magazine, Pages provides a platform through which interconnected topics can be thought and explored outside the mainstream, market oriented network of the art world. Pages’ content is produced partly in Iran and partly in the Netherlands, and always collaboratively through long-term engagements with other contributors.
Having published nine issues since its initiation, the editorial team has always followed an interest in unresolved narrations of history, culture and the geo-political, and the ways they condition contemporary notions of artistic practice. The recurring concern for Pages in recent years has been the relationship between contemporary art and the archive. The economies of the new technology has resulted in the proliferation of ad hoc archives. The question that arises is if art can still rely on the archive as a historical premise.