Sara Dolatabadi "Pejvak (god is great)"

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Mizuma Art Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by the Iranian artist, Sara Dolatabadi.

Dolatabadi was born in 1978 in Tehran, Iran and graduated from Azad Art University in 2001. She currently resides and works in Tokyo. Recently her works were included in “What game shall we play today? (2008)”, Tokyo Wonder Site and "Ordinary fruit (2008)" at Golestan Gallery, Tehran.

The main subject of her work is the human being and she uses varied techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture and installation with writing. She depicts and refers to the status of women in Islamic society, the social scenes in her home country as well as the circumstances in Tokyo.

The show, named "Pejvak", meaning "echo" in Farsi, consists of an installation and some photographic works. In a dark room, green fluorescent lights are placed on the floor and the sound of people chanting “Allah o Akbar (God is great)” comes from the speakers set up within the space. Green is a sacred color for Shia Muslims. She was inspired by the recent protests against the outcome of the Iranian presidential election on 12th June 2009. Dolatabadi says many civilians were injured, killed and arrested in course of the demonstrations which started peacefully. Following these incidents, people started to protest by chanting “Allah o Akbar” on their rooftops from 10 to 11 pm all over the city with one voice. It created a strong sense of unity in the darkness of the night.

Dolatabadi’s work mainly refers to the people under the specific circumstances, perhaps signifying the consciousness and mentality common to all human beings. By drawing attention to the solitude, suffering and difficulty in human life, her body of work raises the viewer's awareness of issues relating to the esteem and dignity of individuals, and also produces opportunities to start new dialogues.

[Image: Sara Dolatabadi, 'Public installation for Asura' (2009) UV print on acrylic board 257x364mm
© Sara Dolatabadi Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery]

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From 2009-09-04 To 2009-09-26

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