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Artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian turns confinement into creativity with his first virtual exhibition

April 27, 2020 - Denise Marray

LONDON: When multidisciplinary artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian went into lockdown at his studio in Marbella, Spain, in March, he didn’t realize his time in confinement would be a period of intense creativity leading to his first ever participation in a VR exhibition.

Prior to isolation, Farmanfarmaian spent six months in the Draa Valley in South Morocco, working closely with local Amazigh artisans and painting in the deserted streets of abandoned ‘ghost’ villages — once populated by Berbers and, further back, by Jews.

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Isolation life: 5 online art shows worth checking out

April 6, 2020 - Anna Seaman

As the lockdown period continues, our digital lives are increasingly enriched with more and more exhibitions becoming available online. Here is a round-up of a few offerings worth visiting.

Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms) was produced under the ongoing international lockdown and reflects on the idea of confinement, brought into the heart of the artist's own practice.

The title of the exhibition ‘‘Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms)” is taken from a Chet Baker track that expresses the idea of the internal voyage, where true creative freedom lies. His symbolic compositions, which convey movement and rhythm are rooted in ancient Persia but speak directly to these modern times.

In a statement, the artist said: “I here worked around a monochromatic palette reusing recuperated furniture fabric, transforming my post-tribal lost forms into new forms - in order to express sentiment of confinement. The feeling of the outside from the inside. The freedom of inner vitality so present in all Persian poetry."

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Iranian artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian to create textile installation for Marrakech art fair

February 11, 2020 - AD Staff

The "post-tribal" exhibition is titled 'Memorandum of the Unknown Path'

Iranian multidisciplinary artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian has announced his upcoming "post-tribal" exhibition for Marrakech's Contemporary African Art Fair, opening on 21 February, 2020. The exhibition, Memorandum of the Unknown Path, which was nominated for the Jameel Prize 2021, is a site-specific installation that will fill the main halls of the Théâtre Royal de Marrakech.

An attempt to explore cross-cultural themes that are shared between Morocco and IranMemorandum of the Unknown Path will include various artworks, including Banners of the Unbanished, a series of textiles that combine traditional materials, such as Touareg raw camel wool, with "post-tribal symbols". The piece is meant to transform "tent elements" into a work of art, while conveying a message of urgent and universal unity. 

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ZH MAGAZINE ON FIROUZ FARMAN FARMAIAN’S WORK

May 2, 2017

Firouz Farman Farmaian's Organics (2016) series has been published for the first time in ZH Magazine. The article describes Farman Farmaian's compositions as possessing 'a vivacious and spontaneous energy, as well as a deeply symbolic quality, which speaks to a multiplicity of currents in politics, art and philosophy.'

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PARADISE LOST, MEMORIES FOUND

October 24, 2016

The Iranian artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian tackles the sensitive themes of exile and identity in a collection of works currently on show at the Shirin Gallery, New York, while also embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Read more on Artscoops.