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Depicting Decisions And Dilemmas

May 7, 2019 - Artscoops

Masoud Akhavanjam’s two large-scale, stainless steel structures on show at the Venice Biennale explore the choices we all face in life and their far-reaching consequences.

Life’s age-old contradictions and the push and pull that conflicts produce have long been a source of fascination to the Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam, regularly finding their way into his work. Yet somehow, the two large-scale, stainless steel structures he has created for the forthcoming Venice Biennale, aptly titled Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis, take the deep, searching questions he likes to ask to a new level.

The sculptures form part of the GAA Foundation’s Personal Structures Open Borders exhibition and will be on show at Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa, from May 5 to November 29.

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Interview with Sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam

May 7, 2019 - Beren Dere

Masoud Akhavanjam stepped into a life that was intertwined with art when he was born. Studied in Iran, Germany, and the US, then he stepped into the professional life as head of R&D in an industrial factory. The advantage of having a global vision and his ability to use industrial materials led Masoud Akhavanjam to become a sculptor who uses stainless steel to make sculptures.

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Masoud Akhavanjam. Dilemma Of Man & Metamorphosis

May 7, 2019 - Arte.it

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. 

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Iranian artist Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

May 7, 2019 - Artfix Daily

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The sculptures, Dilemma of Manand Metamorphosiswill be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. 

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Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

May 7, 2019 - Lux Life Magazine

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation’s PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice’s waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. Akhavanjam’s industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained.

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Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale despite US sanctions

April 26, 2019 - Tim Cornwell

Complications around shipping and insurance have not stopped artists and curators from the country to make their presence felt at this year's edition

Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale this year despite newly aggressive US sanctions that have driven down the country’s currency and raised new hurdles for curators.

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Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

April 20, 2019 - Payvand News

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation's PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale. The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice's waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019.  Akhavanjam's industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained. Both works contain three visible figures, melded seemingly effortlessly into each other.

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Iranian artist Masoud Akhavanjam to present two works alongside the Venice Biennale

April 16, 2019 - Katherine Keener

Alongside the Venice Biennale, the GAA Foundation will present their exhibition ‘Personal Structures: open borders.’ The exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge, from May 11th through November 24th and will boast European and non-European artists. The exhibition will call the Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora, and the Giardini Marinaress home for the duration of the Biennale.

Among the artists who will show their works during ‘Personal Structures’ is Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam. Known for his elegant works in stainless steel, Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale sculptures at the Giardini Marinaress. Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis, made out of Akhavanjam’s go-to material, glean in the light resembling mercury if it could be moulded. Each work is highly symbolic for Akhavanjam and serves a greater purpose: to ask those who witness them to do good.

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What Depictions of Nefertiti Say about the Way Society Views Gender and Race

February 19, 2019

In his 2018 solo exhibition “Nefertiti” at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo, Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar debuted a series of oil paintings that return the ancient monarch to Egypt—and a symbol to her humanity. In his paintings, Nefertiti is pictured with legs, arms, and even wings, offering a rendering of Nefertiti as a divine leader who is both formidable and familiar. These paintings explode with color, and commingle modern and ancient fashions—off-the-shoulder tops, sweetheart dresses, and ankh necklaces—that remake Nefertiti and her hallmark crown for a new world.

Freedom in Art

February 10, 2019 - Carmel Harrison

Barcelona-based Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar chats exclusively to Emirates Woman about how the freedom and emancipation of women all over the world is the most important message in his artwork.

 

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