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Parastou Forouhar (Iranian, b.1962)
LOT ID: 65641
Black is my name, White is my name, 2010

Digital Print, digital drawing on paper
31.5 х 31.5 in. (80.01 x 80.01 cm.)
Signed, and numbered
Print/Casting Year 2010
Edition 1 of 5
Lot description
Note: The dimensions listed are for the print itself. This work is custom framed to larger dimensions and is in excellent condition.

"At first glance, you see the beautiful pattern and think you have understood it. And then you get closer and realise it is completely different. The viewer is thrown back on himself and is forced to re-evaluate his perception."
-Parastou Forouhar

"Black is my name, White is my name" (2010) is a stunning and sophisticated digital drawing on paper by one of the most important Middle Eastern female artists working today, Parastou Forouhar. Her work is critically acclaimed for its sublime yet subversive beauty that tends to obsessively repeat decorative Oriental elements that mask a sense of dread that constantly resurfaces. The camouflaging, psychedelic nature of the dizzying M.C. Escher-like pattern of detailed, miniature figures here hides a commentary based on and human rights violations during the recent uprisings in the Region, with outlines of anonymous of a collective mass of figures, all wearing black blindfolds and nearly engulfed by the repeated pattern of black and white eyes. Parastou uses ornament as a metaphor for anti-individualistic tendencies, with her primary focus on the ornament and gender in the political context of Iran.

Forouhar was born in Tehran in 1962. Forouhar moved to Germany from Iran in 1991 where she lives today. In 1998, her parents who were intellectuals and activists were murdered in their home, an event that deeply affected Forouhar's art and life. This tragedy has inspired her to visit her native Iran to partake in political activism and women's rights advocacy, and she is known both in the art world and the political world for her role in feminism.

She received a BA in Art from University of Tehran in 1990 and her MFA from the College of Art Offenbach, Germany in 1994. Her work has been in prestigious Museum exhibitions for over a decade, including participation in the 2nd Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Frankfurter Kreuz, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; "Scene Change XIX", Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; "Migration", Womens’ Museum, Bonn, Germany.
In 2011 alone, the artist was included in "The Ornamental Gesture, Kuenstlerhaus, Dortmond, Germany, "12 Contemporary Iranian Artists", Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon and "Ornamental Structures", amongst many others.
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