Art Talk

Artseni Gallery - Sepuluh DAH

Artseni Gallery

It is always interesting to experience the dynamics between artists of very different personalities, especially when all of them are speaking in Persian! On that splendid evening, I was graciously invited by my good friend, Asghar Yaghoubi for the opening of ‘Sepuluh DAH’, Iranian artists exhibition in Artseni Gallery @ Lot 10.

Hanieh Mohammad Bagher, Tribe girl, Oil on canvas

 Can't get enough of the juicy grapes!

Visitors flooding in to view the showcase
The conversation was loud and lively, peppered with lots of laughter. All the Iranian artists shifted from Persian to English and back to Persian, as they elaborated about their masterpieces with enthusiasm! 

Fathollah Marzban, Untitled, Acrylic & Pencil 
The artwork which caught my immediate attention was this mind-boggling piece by Fathollah Marzban. Through his painting, Fathollah conveyed his dissatisfaction towards the oppression of women and unjust treatment in Iran since the ancient times up till today!

Fathollah Marzban

I am astounded that women are so oppressed still, in this day and age that some cases involving stoning a woman to death is normal. Thus I always admire Iranian women as they have weathered turbulent moments through time and tide…yet remain remarkably resilient and strong despite living under constant pressure. 

Since I started writing for MIAS and attended exhibitions involving Persian art, I couldn’t help but to fall in love with this mystical country. Do you actually know that myths and folksfore play a significant part in Iranian culture?

Persian mythology tells tales of ancient origin, many involving extraordinary or supernatural beings. The snake, like in many other mythologies was a symbol of evil and a bad omen. 

This particular artwork by Bahador Moayer dictated a story about an evil king known as Zwhak. King Zwhak had two undying, bloodthirsty snakes on his shoulders and a lot of young men were sacrificed to feed their blood to the wicked snakes. Alas, a hero named Kawa organised a revolution and led the citizens to overthrow the notorious emperor. (photo on left: Bahador Moayer, Untitled, Mixed medium)

As for Zahra Shahidi, her love and fondness for sunflowers have ignited her passion to paint this vibrant artwork with oil, only by looking at a postcard sent by her friend from Sweden!

From her masterpiece, it was apparent that she utilised the bold yellow colour as a representation of happiness. Her work actually reminded me of an inspired and delighted Van Gogh who chose flowers as a subject for many of his best-loved paintings!
Zahra Shahidi, Sunflowers, Oil on canvas
Speaking about colours, I was captivated by Elnaz Rostami’s art piece as the colour red has more personal associations than any other colour. It is true that red is often regarded as a stimulant to draw excitement and attention. For Elnaz, she painted KLCC as the core subject while she pictured herself to be in such antsy, tiny position as she felt that her journey to achieve her life goals were far from reach.

From my perspective, I felt that her artwork provided a sense of protection from fear and anxiety which built up inside the artist.
Elnaz Rostami, KLCC & Me, Acrylic on canvas
True enough that through art, many artists are able to communicate to the world about their feelings…and that happened to Hamid Pourbahrami when he first migrated to Malaysia from Iran. He was facing culture shock as he experienced an unfamiliar way of life.

His artwork illustrated various human expressions of Malaysians and landmarks which gave him the cultural impact at the beginning. Hmm..I wonder how it feels like to move to another country...away from our dearest homeland? I won’t be painting but I would certainly pen down my heartfelt feelings through poetry….

Hamid Pourbahrami, Urban life, Oil on canvas
Hamid Pourbahrami & son

Longing for more stories from me? Yes, I am a storyteller who will leave the best-kept secrets for your eyes and soul to feast upon! You definitely won’t want to miss the excitement!
Come to Artseni@Lot 10 today! Exhibition ends at 15 June 2012. 
Participating Artists:

Anahita Ghazanfari, Mina Hedayat, Pegah Jahangiri, Fathollah Marzban, Bahador Moayer, Hanieh Mohammad Bagher, Hamid Pourbahrami, Elnaz Rostami, Zahra Shahidi, Asghar Yaghoubi


More works from artists:

Mina Hedayat, First Hug, Acrylic on canvas

Anahita Ghazanfari, Shadow, Mixed medium

Asghar Yaghoubi, Red Horse, Oil on canvas

Hanieh, Kissing in the Weather, Oil on canvas

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