20 Oct - 10 Nov, 2023
Flying has long been a symbol of transcending human limitations and reaching a level of enlightenment or power. In works of civilization, "wings" symbolize this mystical aspect of how to overcome the constraints of time and space. With wings, humans could ascend beyond and reach a divine level. The ascension of the holy ones and the descent of angels, whether physical or spiritual, has been enlightening, depicting the kingdom of heaven for the seekers of knowledge. From the revelations of Bayazid and Ruzbihan to the logic of the mystical poems, we find this pattern in Iranian literature.///
In his recent collection, Zartosht Rahimi has endeavored to re-envision and recall historical winged figures in an undefined, vibrant space. He immerses them in a background saturated with expressionism and graffiti-style colors. Rahimi has reconstructed the angels and depicted them in a carnivalesque of multifaceted color palette, which is both humorous and expressively unsettling. Through these "Grotesque" visuals, new forms of imagery are introduced, where the shapes and colors of brush strokes portray a transcendent existence for the characters, offering fresh perspectives and understandings for the audience.