PARVIZ TANAVOLI


Foremost Iranian artist, Parviz Tanavoli, was a founder member of Saqqakhaneh a term coined for an artistic movement which began in 1960s Iran and which sought to integrate popular symbols of Shi'a culture in art, a spiritual Pop Art as it has been described. He has long been inspired by the word Heech meaning nothing - which has created in numerous and ever more ambitious forms. It has been said that the word symbolizes for him both an ambivalence towards the past and a sense of meaningless or dissolution with an inadequate present. The letter forms are in the traditional Persian script nasta'liq while the cage alludes to the Saqqakhaneh itself, a ceremonial public structure constructed in memory of thirsty Shi'a martyrs at Kerbela which gave its name to the movement.

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