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Ariana Art Gallery Nov 2013 Bijan Rafaty 02
Tehran
در جستجوی زمان از دست رفته
بیژن رأفتی در تهران دهه بیست پا به جهان گذاشت. سال 1323 در شمیران، سال‌هایی که ناگهان همه‌چیز در ایران تغییر کرد، پوست انداخت و سایه جنگ دوم جهانی ایران را هم اشغال کرد.
او که هنردوستی و هنرمندی در خانواده‌اش ریشه داشت، پیش از آنکه بداند، شروع به طراحی و نقاشی کرد. در میانه دهه چهل وارد دانشگاه ملی شد ولی از دانشکده‌های علوم انسانی سر درآورد . روزگار او را به آن‌سوی جهان کشاند و این سرآغازی بود برای توجه به‌ خویشتن. کار‌‌ و زندگی در آمریکا او را از نزدیک با اتمسفر هنر مدرن و روز جهان درگیر کرد؛ مجادله‌ای که تا امروز ادامه دارد. چند سال پس از وقوع انقلاب، بیژن به ایران بازگشت. او دیگر فقط هنرمند بود؛ تنها در سرزمین مادری، در جستجوی زمان از دست رفته.
سال‌های جنگ، نبرد هنرمند بود با خود و گذشته‌ای که ساخته بود؛ برای بیان وضعیت جدید ظرف نقاشی را برگزیده. دوباره‌آموزی را با خلق و خواندن پی گرفت و سال‌هاست آتلیه خانه است و خانه آتلیه و مرزی میان زندگی و پدیدآورندگی‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌اش وجود ندارد.
نمایشگاه حاضر مروری است بر بیش از 10 سال آثار بیژن رأفتی. پنج مجموعه‌ای که در این نمایش کنار هم آمده‌اند میان سال‌های 2000 تا 2012 پدید آمده‌اند و به‌واقع شمایل هنرمند است میان جمع. یاد‌نوشته‌ها قدیمی‌ترین مجموعه به نمایش گذاشته شده و رویای ایکاروس مجموعه متأخر است. در این نمایشگاه شاهد تنوعی هستیم از دوره‌های مختلف کاری، هر قدر آوردگاه در ساخت اثر به نقاشی نزدیک‌تر است، نقطه‌ صفر مرزی مجموعه‌ای است میان‌رشته‌ای که مبانی متمایزتری دارد.
In Search of Lost Time
Bijan Ra’faty was born in the 1940s in Tehran. In 1944 in Shemiran, the years of abrupt changes and metamorphoses, the time when the dark clouds of the WWII overcast the skies of Iran. 
He, who was born in an art appreciating and creative family, started drawing and painting even before he knew. In the mid 60s he attended the Melli University (National University of Iran), but ended up in the faculty of humanities. Then he was pulled to the other end of the world. This was the beginning of him focusing on himself. Living and working in the States closely involved him in the atmosphere of the modern art and the new art around the world, the involvement that is still going on. A few years after the outbreak of the revolution, he returned to Iran. He was by now a mere artist; alone in his homeland, in search of lost time.
During the War, the artist was at war, too, with himself and with the past he had made, for having chosen painting as the means of expressing the new conditions. Through creating and reading he went on relearning and as a result his studio became his home and his home became his studio and so, his life intertwined with his creativity.
The current exhibition is a retrospective on over a decade of Bijan Ra’faty’s works. The five collections that are gathered together in this exhibition were created between the years 2000 and 2012, the years of the artist’s icon presence. 
Epigraph is the oldest of his series and Icarus’s Dream the most recent one. In this exhibition we witness the different periods of Bijan’s creativity, among which Colosseum bears a closer resemblance to painting while Point Zero is of an inter-genre collection with completely different doctrine.
Collecting these works and displaying them in such a condition would not have been realized without Omid Tehrani’s efforts or the facilities, meticulousness and enthusiasm of Ariana Gallery: an unusual exhibition of a peculiar artist.
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