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Let The Wound Lie Open
Hamid Yaraghchi - Solo Show

15 Jan - 18 Feb, 2023

Let The Wound Lie Open


“When the heart

Is cut or cracked or broken

Do not clutch it

Let the wound lie open

Let the wind

From the good old sea blow in

To bathe the wound with salt

And let it sting.

Let a stray dog lick it

Let a bird lean in the hole and sing///

A simple song like a tiny bell

And let it ring

Let it go.

Let it out.

Let it all unravel.

Let it free and it can be

A path on which to travel.”

A poem by poet Michael Leunig provides the source material for a new body of work by Iranian painter Hamid Yaraghchi. The works included are an investigation into the aesthetics of abject motifs focusing primarily on the human body as a symbol of beauty. The body is very much interlinked with our psychological sense of self, of memory and emotion. This notion recalls the fictionalized biography of painter Rabo Karabekian in Vonnegut’s Bluebeard, who struggles with his soul and his body: “I do that in my head to people get rid of all the meat so I can see nothing but their souls. Then I forgive them,” he says at the culmination of the novel. And just like Vonnegut with prose, Yaraghchi wields his paintbrush as a sort of communicative weapon, exploring fantastical possibilities that interconnect otherworldly and the natural. Pleasure and beauty.For this reason, Yaraghchi presents the human form as compromised, incomplete, and at times functionless, challenging and even tainting these beautiful scenarios which, ultimately, lurk somewhere between transcendence and ugliness. According to Yaraghchi, this series of paintings concern the “representation of the human body in tragical transience or incompleteness, in connection with the different spaces, especially nature and its elements,” to create visual tension and ambiguity. And certainly, there is a kind of beauty in the circular passage of life, where one is reminded of mortality; just as the Old Masters favoured the memento mori, Yaraghchi draws attention to ideas of the grotesque, which – in the day of NFTs, social media ‘perfection’, and Photoshop – seem like scary concepts. We are a society obsessed with youth, and we seem to ignore or suppress any reality and dream that contains pleasure, joy, hope and at the same time pain, sadness and tragedy… but these are realities of the world in which we live. To return to the poem, above, when the heart is cracked open, let it sting, let a bird lean in the hole and sing. It appears that for Yaraghchi, the only way to achieve such beauty, is to eke close to pain.

In this show

Hamid Yaraghchi, Passion of Revolution, 2022, 0
2022 | Passion of Revolution

Hamid Yaraghchi

80 × 65cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Unexpected Beauty, 2022, 0
2022 | Unexpected Beauty

Hamid Yaraghchi

50 × 50cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, About No-Bodies 10, 2022, 0
2022 | About No-Bodies 10

Hamid Yaraghchi

65 × 80cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, About No-Bodies 3, 2022, 0
2022 | About No-Bodies 3

Hamid Yaraghchi

63 × 50cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Let the Wound Lie Open, 2022, 0
2022 | Let the Wound Lie Open

Hamid Yaraghchi

200 × 180cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, One Stormy Evening, 2022, 0
2022 | One Stormy Evening

Hamid Yaraghchi

175 × 145cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Skull and Insect, 2022, 0
2022 | Skull and Insect

Hamid Yaraghchi

50 × 37cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Night Walk, 2022, 0
2022 | Night Walk

Hamid Yaraghchi

50 × 50cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Demons Pond, 2021, 0
2021 | Demons Pond

Hamid Yaraghchi

160 × 200cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Mystery Bathroom, 2022, 0
2022 | Mystery Bathroom

Hamid Yaraghchi

180 × 200cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, About No-Bodies 2, 2022, 0
2022 | About No-Bodies 2

Hamid Yaraghchi

63 × 50cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Wide Green Eyes, 2022, 0
2022 | Wide Green Eyes

Hamid Yaraghchi

130 × 105cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Miracle of Cherry Blossom, 2022, 0
2022 | Miracle of Cherry Blossom

Hamid Yaraghchi

130 × 90cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Horror Movie, 2022, 0
2022 | Horror Movie

Hamid Yaraghchi

130 × 170cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Dream of a Butcher, 2022, 0
2022 | Dream of a Butcher

Hamid Yaraghchi

200 × 230cm

Hamid Yaraghchi, Fleshlight, 2022, 0
2022 | Fleshlight

Hamid Yaraghchi

130 × 110cm

Installation view