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Parastou Forouhar (Iranian, b.1962)
LOT ID: 81717
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
"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 (Iran, b. 1962). This work is from an edition of 5 , measures 31.50 x 31.50 inches and is in perfect condition. This work is custom framed to larger dimensions. Her work is critically acclaimed for its subversive beauty that tends to obsessively repeat decorative Oriental elements that mask a sense of dread. The camouflaging, psychedelic nature of this dizzying pattern of miniature figures speaks to human rights violations during the recent uprisings in the region, with the collective mass of anonymous figures all wearing black blindfolds. Parastou uses ornament as a metaphor for anti-individualistic tendencies, with her primary focus gender in the political context of Iran.

Forouhar was born in Tehran in 1962. 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. Forouhar moved to Germany from Iran in 1991 where she lives today.
Black is my name, White is my name by Parastou Forouhar
  • Black is my name, White is my name by Parastou Forouhar
  • Black is my name, White is my name by Parastou Forouhar
  • Black is my name, White is my name by Parastou Forouhar
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