Arash Hanaei
Digital Print
108cm x 162cm
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In the series "Capital" I concentrated on the paradoxes of the Murals in the city of Tehran. In the early years of .. » View more

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In the series "Capital" I concentrated on the paradoxes of the Murals in the city of Tehran. In the early years of the revolution and the war that soon followed, images of martyrs, leaders, and scenes of war were painted all over the city, promoting martyrdom and revolutionary slogans; painted in a realist style within a familiar socialist format. Similar paintings can still be seen today, however the economic changes also brought in huge advertising billboards that took over the streets and main squares, side by side with the imagery and slogans of a bygone era.
From his Iranian background and education (originally in documentary photography and visual arts) to his recent relocation to France, Arash Hanaei developed his very singular look and practice, in and out of Iran. Thus he expanded his archaeology of the urban landscape into a transnational approach, following also the rhythm of the artist’s travels to the different exhibitions where he took part, both in Europe and the US. He has become a key protagonist, in contemporary visual arts, especially when it comes to urban dwelling and rethinking documentary practices. His landmark work-in-progress, the Capital series (2008-on-going) acts as a visual sampling machine, recording the city’s transformations and layers of memory attached. It performs a palimpsest of Tehran, through the isolation and multiplication of streets, traffic, billboards, buildings, highways but also unexpected wanderings.

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