Aniconic. Iconoclast. Vivid. Navid breaks!
Not only the symbols, the traditions, but also the preconceived views, typical of Middle Eastern stereotypes. Shifting images of Sassanid mould to Western deformation, Navid Azimi Sajadi , newly organizes old concepts, adding the gift of being able to oppose dictatorship. In doing so, he crowds out everything and everyone. Breaking out in is his ability. Using miscellaneous media including: photography, sculpture, installations, painting, drawing and writing in Farsi on paper, he revisits many of the symbols of ancient Persian culture as well as those recently broadcasted on the screens stained with blood of our television!
His subjects range from Gilgamesh, the lion fighter, to Ishtar, goddess of sex and love. From cypress trees to the atomic bomb, esoteric riddle symbols to precious talismans, bearers of gifts to mankind until finally, green, a colour typical of the struggle against the government, is symbolized by the work Untitled Green (2010), where a map of Iran flaps down to the ground and with it, the collapse of dreams and hopes living inside it. What the work conveys it is exactly mirroring Iran. One country - two souls; a shadow and then, an empty unfulfilled space.
Nuclear Stardom, 2010, it's a mosaic that gives the geometrical impression of a whole mosques pattern. And in fact, each tessera is formed by a nuclear explosion - a confirmation of the link between religion and fear, which is spread all throughout Iran.
Gaia Serena Simionati, 2010
Previous Group Exhibitions
2011 - AL-GHAIB, Maraya Art Center, Curated by Gaia Serena Simionati, Sharjah, UAE
2010 - Barakat, STUX Gallery, Curated by Gaia Serena Simionati, New York, USA
2010 - Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy 2010 - In & Out, Project B Gallery, Milan, Italy
2009 - Tawassol, Galleria Artericambi, Curated by Gaia Serena Simionati, Verona, Italy
2009 - The International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Belgrade, Serbia
2009 - Far From Where We Came, Aran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 - Artverona, Verona, Italy
2009 - Palazzo Taverna Modigliani Institut Archives Le`gales Paris, Rome, Imprendi l arte Art Prize,
Rome, Italy [cat]
2009 - La Vie en Noir, Museum (of via ostiense) Porta San Paolo, Presented by Dario Evola and Ariel
Dumont, Rome, Italy
2008 - The International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Urban Jealousy, Berlin, Germany
2008 - Palazzo Venezia (Sala del Mappamondo), L`arte di amare l`arte, curated by Fondazione Citta
Italia, Rome, Italy
2008 - Kyo Art Gallery, curated by Antonella Pisilli, Viterbo, Italy
2006 - The Forth International Painting Biennial of the Islamic World, Tehran, Iran
2006 - Villa Celimontana, Festival Jazz di Roma, Galleria Stella, Rome, Italy
2005 - Artist's Forum gallery, Tehran, Iran
Previous Solo Exhibitions
2009 - False Flags, Azad Art Gallery Tehran, Iran
2008 - PH7 Art Gallery, Rome, Italy
2005 - Azad art Gallery, Tehran, Iran