The Hero and Anti-Hero in the Works of Amir Khojasteh

The Hero and Anti-Hero in the Works of Amir Khojasteh
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The Iranian artist Amir Khojasteh returns to the Carbon 12 Gallery of Dubai with a monographic exhibition entitled Try To Catch The Moon to present several series of paintings created starting in 2018 and a series of recent sculptures. Always sensitive to the themes of violence, power and fear, drawing inspiration from political happenings, particularly in his own country, as well as art history and popular culture but also from emotions and experiences from his personal life. This new body of works revolves around two symbolic elements - the moon and the horse. The act of capturing the moon as a metaphoric representation of success and victory and the horse as a means for humans to strive towards greatness and conquest. In the series of paintings, the artist cites Bonaparte Franchissant le Grand-Saint-Bernard by Jacques-Louis David, as a point of departure for recreating his own alternative narrative. Thanks to his neo-expressionist style, through his ample and audacious brushstrokes, what was a celebrative subject in which man was depicted as a hero, is transposed into a series of works in which the hero returns to being a man, the solitude of power emerging, the sense of defeat and the vanity of victory.
Alessandra Migliorini - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Resort Dubai