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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Patrick Altes: Creativity in a Time of Crisis

April 13, 2020 - Paul-Gordon Chandler

Interview with Patrick Altes

How has this pandemic affected you and your creative output? How are you adapting to the new realities?

The pandemic has had a huge impact on my ideas and the direction my art is going to take. It has confirmed the need to see the world as a hugely complex ecosystem with intricate interactions between all its components, as well as to re-position our place and role in it (are we similar to this all invasive and deadly virus to the world we inhabit?).

Paradoxically, my day to day life as a visual artist has not been hugely affected by the lockdown as working in the studio is not always very dissimilar to being in quarantine.

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DAY DREAMS Hossam Dirar: Artist Extraordinaire

April 7, 2020 - Ezz Al-Turkey

An exhibition of widely acclaimed Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar’s paintings was recently held at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo. The Cairo-born, Barcelona based, multidisciplinary artist titled his latest collection of paintings, Daydreams. eniGma’s Ezz Al-Turkey sat down with Dirar to discuss the inspirations for his art, his exciting artistic journey and the acclaim he has been receiving both in Egypt and abroad.

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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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From Crude Oil to Canvas: Turning Iran's Black Gold into Art

March 17, 2020 - Tim Cornwell

Oil paints have been an artist’s staple since the Renaissance, and in tubes of paint for nearly 200 years - using mostly linseed oil, from the flax plant. But for Iranian artist Amin Roshan, crude oil would ultimately be his tool of choice.

Roshan was born in 1982 near the first oil well drilled in the Middle East, in the Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran. Though his family have worked in the oil industry for generations, including his grandfather, father, uncle, cousin and brother, Roshan broke with that tradition to become an artist.  

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Fire of Love by Amin Roshan

March 5, 2020 - Nour Saleh

How do the words oil and art connect?

When we think of oil in reference to the art world, we may tend to think of large corporations sponsoring costly exhibitions, and art institutions, for the sake of being able to showcase art, glossing over the notion of nature being disrupted to find its black gold. Due to oil being a controversial resource, it does not for many, make for good company with art. This last year, activists dressed up as ancient Greek warriors displayed a large Trojan horse within the grounds of the British Museum to protest the sponsorship deal with BP. Furthermore, at the National Gallery, protestors from Extinction Rebellion appeared semi-naked immersed in fake oil in objection to the Portrait Award being linked to the oil company. 

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Fire of Love

February 11, 2020 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn

Rossi & Rossi and Janet Rady Fine Art are delighted to announce: Fire of Love, Amin Roshan’s first solo exhibition in London.

It is not easy to say why I have chosen oil as a theme…The main reason may be its excessive impact and influence not only on my life and family but also on the geography of Iran - Amin Roshan

Amin Roshan is an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist whose output is deeply informed by his Bahktiari tribal heritage and his family’s involvement for many generations in the country’s oil industry. Roshan was born in the Naftoon district of Masjid-i-Sulamain in the Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran, where the first oil well in the Middle East was discovered. His formative years were shaped by the physical presence of oil in and around the streets where he grew up. The family re-located to Ahwaz, a city in the South West of Iran near the border with Iraq, when Amin was a child. Here he later trained in graphic design and so broke the family tradition of employment in the oil industry.

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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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Janet Rady at the London Art Fair

February 4, 2020 - Karim Emam

اختتمت الدورة الثانية والثلاثون من لندن آرت فيرLondon Art Fair، في الفترة من 22 حتى 26 من يناير 2020، والتي تتيح كل عام منصة لربط أفضل صالونات الفنون في العالم، وتعد فرصة لاقتناء أعمال معاصرة حديثة لفنانين مخضرمين وجدد، يحاولون إيجاد مساحة لهم في الساحة الفنية الدولية.

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In Pursuit of Tolerance

January 20, 2020 - Miriam Dunn

A major new exhibition of work by Patrick Altes, an award-winning Algerian-born visual artist of French and Spanish descent who lives in the UK, is currently under way at the Gerald Moore Gallery, London, titled ‘Tolerance’. Curated by Middle Eastern Art specialist Janet Rady and supported by both the United Nations Association and the Arts Council, the ‘of our time’ show highlights several topical themes, ranging from the treatment of refugees and identity issues amongst the displaced and the diaspora, to negative cultural stereotypes in a nationalistic climate, as he explain to ArtScoops.

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