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Raf Projects began as an alternative art space in Tehran in 2012 and after three years transformed into a curatorial collective defining and developing interdisciplinary artistic projects for Iranian and international artists. In 2017, Raf Projects was registered as a non-profit association (Verein) in Berlin to expand, joint, and exchange cultural and artistic projects between Iran and other countries. Raf is about understanding diverse contexts through holding exhibitions and talks, publishing books and catalogs, and running residency programs.

The word “Raf” refers to an architectural element in Iranian house-making tradition, a salient of the plain wooden piece on walls for placing artworks and decorations. “Raf” metaphorically means platform.


Berlin: Raf Projects – Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur e.V. | Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Charlottenburg Berlin
Vereinsregisternummer VR 35988

Resdiency Projects in Berlin are being held in cooperation with ZK/U Berlin, Siemensstraße 27, 10551 Berlin, Germany
The Exhibition Projects in Berlin held in cooperation with Erstererster Galerie | Pappel Allee 69, 10437 Berlin, Germany

Office Berlin: Shcönhauser Allee 63, 10437 Berlin, Germany

Tehran: Raf Non-Profit Gallery Tehran, Establishment License No. 91/52310
from the Ministry of Culture

Office and Art Space in Tehran: No. 4, 8th Alley, South Pirouzan St., Hormozan St., Shahrak-e Gharb, Tehran, Iran

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Curators: Sadaf Vasaei, Alireza Labeshka and Matthias Einhoff
Writer and Chief Editor of Cinema Raf: Hesam Amiri

Raf is proud to collaborate and be supported by esteemed institutes and organizations in Iran and Europe that you find some of them here: