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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Hossam Dirar

January 18, 2019 - SELECTIONS Arts

Hossam Dirar was born in Cairo in 1978 and he continues to live and work in the city. He obtained a BA from Helwan University’s Fine Arts Faculty of Applied Arts, graduating with honours, and he was awarded the best graduation project amongst all entries. His later studies included graphic design, painting, printmaking, mixed media, product design, photography, multimedia and pottery. 

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Art For Keeping Art

December 17, 2018 - Leila Afshar and Leila Behtalab - Sazandegi Newspaper

Hijacked by Fereydoun Ave

December 4, 2018

“Here we have hijacked the September issue of Selections Magazine with approximately 126 pages of images from some 64 Iranian artists who are content to connect to the world through their images: visual dialogue.”

Curator’s statement : Artist’s statements have always been for me a defensive move: a justification.


November 13, 2018 - Hajo

Der ägyptische Künstler Hossam Dirar rückt in seiner aktuellen Ausstellung „Nefertiti“ die Frau in den Vordergrund. Nicht als Objekt der Begierde, sondern als Subjekt mit politischer und gesellschaftlicher Wichtigkeit. Aufhänger für die Sammlung einer Reihe von aktuellen Gemälden ist dem Titel nach Nofretete, wie sie hierzulande genannt wird.


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Painterly Abode

November 1, 2018 - Ayesha Shaikh

Old-world charm abounds in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat studio of Franco-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar. Ayesha Shaikh discovers how the space fuels his creativity.

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Art For The Ages

November 1, 2018 - Thomas Barrie

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, an artist living and working in Cap-Ferrat, has found a new form of expression through the work of ex-resident Jean Cocteau.

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