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21 Jul 2011

CCA publishes two new issues of 2HB, including a special edition dedicated to a novella by Iranian, Vahid Sharifian

2HB Volumes 1 - 9

2HB Volume 10 & 11 (Three Dollops of Ketchup)
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow


2HB Volumes 10 & 11 will be available from Saturday 30 July 2011 from: Aye-Aye Books (, Dexter Sinister (, Motto (

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CCA publishes two new issues of 2HB, including a special edition dedicated to a novella by Iranian, Vahid Sharifian

It appeared as if he’d caught my mother’s eye, since she invited him and his friend to the after-party. On the way home I told her, “They aren’t to be trusted. Them showing up was suspicious.” My mother replied, “Have you forgotten I’ve read everything on my palms already?” She opened her hand in front of my face and continued, “We will be going north. In those green woods, we see trees instead of these people, and only the hand of god can reach us. The fog, the sound of nightingales and the cabin overlooking the river, think of these things.” I said, “But you cannot weld by a river.” 

Extract from 2HB Volume 11, Three Dollops of Ketchup, Vahid Sharifian

Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) will launch Volumes 10 and 11 of its 2HB publication later this month.  Volume 11 will be a special edition of the series, dedicated to a novella by the Iranian artist and writer, Vahid Sharifian.  Remaining in the traditional format, Volume 10 includes works by Sue Brind and Jim Harold, Hannah Ellul, Laura Gonzales, Patrick Staff and Paul Tarrago.

Both issues will be available from Saturday 30 July 2011, from Aye-Aye Books (, Dexter Sinister (, Motto ( or in person at CCA.

Francis McKee, Director of CCA comments, “As it’s become clear that many writers who have submitted work for 2HB are now working on longer texts, we’ve decided to publish either long extracts or complete longer works to provide a platform for these projects. To launch this new initiative, volume 11 presents Vahid Sharifian’s complete novella, Three Dollops of Ketchup.

“The novella – a provocative exploration of contemporary Iranian life – is often surreal and comic while offering glimpses of the tensions that underpin daily life in Teheran.  As a key figure in the emerging generation of young artists who have chosen to stay in Iran, Sharifian’s work reflects the edgy and ambiguous aesthetic tactics necessary to negotiate the complexities of that situation.”

Now in its third year, 2HB is a quarterly publication dedicated to creative and experimental writing in contemporary art, edited by Louise Shelley, Participatory Projects Co-ordinator, The Showroom, London and Francis McKee, Director, CCA.

Inspired by publications such as New York’s Dot Dot Dot and Cabinet Magazine and The Netherlands' F.R David, 2HB is the first such project to come out of a contemporary art institution in Scotland.

The selection process focuses on creative writing or fiction with a critical awareness of issues. A journal for experimental art writing, 2HB facilitates a discursive space for writing in contemporary art practice and creates a platform for artists, writers and theorists to realise work that might not otherwise be published.

About the writers

Vahid Sharifian was born in 1982 in Isfahan, Iran.  He is a visual artist and a writer, and received a B.A in painting from the University of Tehran where he is still based.  His artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions; ICA, London; Ropac Gallery, Paris; Den frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; Kunstraum Deutsch Bank, Salzburg; Galleria Il Gabbiano, Rome; Khastoo Gallery, LA and Chelsea Art Museum, New York. He is also the author of Funeral (screenplay), The Line of Pines and the White Cat (poetry), The Second Son of Mary (poetry), and Songs of Black Tulips (poetry).  He currently lives in Tehran, Iran.
Susan Brind and Jim Harold are artists and academics based in Glasgow. Their independent and collaborative works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and they individually have works held in public and private collections in the UK and USA. Their joint projects include Mysteries of the heart, shown at Camden Arts Centre, London and Passieren, for Drückwerk, Bremen – both shown in the 1990’s.  They have recently resumed working collaboratively, exhibiting a sound installation at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2008) and creating a permanent site-specific installation for the Library at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath (2010).
Hannah Ellul graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2010. She works across media, most frequently with video and text. She also co-runs Psykick Dancehall Recordings, who publish a journal, Dancehall, and will be undertaking a Creative Lab residency at the CCA in October 2011.

Laura González is an artist and writer. When she is not following 
Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with her camera, she lectures 
postgraduate students at the Glasgow School of Art and the Transart 
Institute. She keeps a blog on the objects and thoughts that
 seduce her:

Patrick Staff is an artist based in London. His work uses collaboration, re-enactment, abstracted movement and dialogue, sound, sculpture and obscuring structures to explore the political, physical and performative implications of social spaces.

Paul Tarrago is an an artist filmmaker and sometime writer. His most recent project - the 8 part Badger series - has recently completed runs at the Pleasure Dome (Toronto) and Beaconsfield (London). More details about this and him can be found on the Video Data Bank website (

The CCA is supported by Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life.