The Pedrami Gallery on Dealing with COVID-19

By Kitty Jackson - Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Pedrami Gallery on Dealing with COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation is going on worldwide, we’re asking leading figures in the art world how they are coping with it, what initiatives they are taking and how they see the future.

Image: Nasser Bakhshi


As the COVID-19 situation is going on worldwide, we’re asking leading figures in the art world how they are coping with it, what initiatives they are taking and how they see the future. 


ArtDependence (AD) What does your gallery focus on?

Kathy Pedrami, Pedrami Gallery (KP):  was founded almost 5 years ago with the specific aim of representing and bringing into dialogue artists who are culturally or geographically connected with the Middle East. We envisioned a space that served to stimulate the questioning of notions of territory, identity and faith through contemporary art.  Our goal at Pedrami Gallery is to promote emerging and established artists who have their own highly distinctive art-making practices, but who share situated engagement with the wider concerns that are at the heart of the gallery’s project.  


Roghayeh Najdi


AD: What were the most important moments for your gallery?

KP: Our vision is that the gallery and collectors need to follow the artist.  So we’re happy and proud that our artists get the well deserved attention and appreciation of the art community, collectors. We’re also happy that we can show their work to a broad audience via the Art Fairs we attend.


Nasser Bakhshi


AD: How are you coping with the situation we are in? 

KP: These are difficult times for everybody - especially artists.  But as an Iranian woman who emigrated to Belgium and with the background and memories of revolution and war,  I'm very confident that we will all learn from this.  

THIS TOO WILL PASS. It's another challenge in life and we will come out stronger.  


Wendy Krochmal


AD: Are you undertaking any new activities to stay visible? 

KP: We’ve always been active on social media and we are continuing that even now that the gallery is not open.  During this Corona quarantine, we are staying in close contact with our artists and collectors and we are all working hard to prepare for "Art Brussels 2020" and our next exhibitions. 


Eileen Cohen Süssholz


AD: What is the first exhibition you plan when the gallery re-opens?

KP: Our next exhibition in the gallery is with Haider Jabbar, a fantastic Iraqi Artist. At the end of June we hope to participate at Art Brussels 2020 with an exhibition curated by Eileen Cohen Sussholz.

The exhibition includes work from  Nasser Bakhshi, Gil & Moti, Roghayeh Najdi and Wendy Krochmal.  It is a true mix of Middle Eastern talent.  Let’s all hope we can have a nice and arty summer. 


Kitty Jackson has worked as an arts journalist and writer for more than 10 years. She began her career as an Editorial Assistant at before moving to IdeasTap to become Assistant Editor. After four years Kitty moved towards digital content and began working with leading PR firm PHA Media, helping them to establish a digital department before moving to iProspect, where she was embedded within the digital content team creating content for leading brands including The Body Shop, Thomas Cook and British Gas. Kitty is now excited to return to the world of arts journalism at ArtDependence.

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