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Shirin Art Gallery Oct 2013 Nadia Shams 01
Tehran
مجموعه خود زن، پرتره¬هایي از زنان است. زنانی که در حال آراستن، برانداز کردن یا به طور کلی آماده ساختن خویش¬اند. هنرمند با کادر بسته¬ نقاشی¬ها روایتی واقعی، از نزدیک و مستند از این وضعیت دارد. گویا مخاطب را ناگهان، بی¬مقدمه و بی¬واسطه به درون خلوت و فضای خصوصی این زنان می¬اندازد. آنها متوجه نگاه ما نیستند، اما ما نگاه و حالات بسیار شخصی و پنهانشان را می¬بینیم، آنهم در لحظه¬هايي كه ميان چهره¬ي خود و چهرۀ پیش¬روی خود و چهره¬ای که انتظارش را دارند، متوقف شده¬اند. حالاتی پیش از تبدیل¬شدن به ابژه¬ای¬ متفاوت، و احتمالاً زیبا، متناسب، سالم و ابدی که با اطوارهای گهگاه خشن و تند و تیز صورت و دست¬ها همراه است. این زنان درحالیکه به ابژه¬هایی برای دیده¬شدن تبدیل می¬شوند سوژه¬هایی هستند که انتظار دیده¬شدن ندارند و در این وضعیت گذرا، تصویری کلی از خود می¬سازند که گویی خودشان هم متوجه این تصویر نیستند و در آن حضور ندارند. جالب این جاست که هنرمند در مقام ناظر خودمانی و محرم این زنان از این لحظه نابهنگام، لحظه¬ای که درست پیش از به نمایش درآمدن آنهاست، پرده بر می¬دارد. حال و هوای این لحظه، موقتی اما حیاتی، وسواس¬گونه و توأم با دقت و جدیت است. هارمونی خاکستری¬های رنگی کارها نیز ذهنیتی مردد و ابهام¬آمیز می¬سازد که در عین همراهی با خلوتگاه آرام این زنان، در تقابل با اکت آرایش و چهره¬های نمایشی شفاف و پر کنتراستی است که قرار است آنها از خودشان بسازند. شاید در نهایت هنرمند با کمک عناصر بصری و  محتوایی  می¬خواهد مخاطب را بر¬انگیزد تا خود او نیز این نمایش دیدن و دیده¬شدن هرروزه را با لختی درنگ و تردید تماشا کند. 
موژان آرین شکوه

"The Self-Female (woman herself) Collection" is a collection of portraits of women. Women are being attired, viewing and decorating themselves, and, generally, making themselves ready. Using a close-up technique in the paintings, the artist presents a close, documentary and real narration of women and suddenly exposes the audiences to the women's privacy and solitude offhand and immediately. The women in the paintings do not notice our look but we could observe their look and even their very personal and secret dispositions at the moments that they are suspended between their real and their expected faces vis-à-vis.
These states which are before becoming a different and probably beautiful, intact and eternal objects, are accompanied by deformed gestures and sometimes rough hand movements. These women, while becoming objects to be viewed, are already subjects that don’t expect to be observed, and in this transient status, portray an image of themselves that as though at these interim but critical moments, fussy-like and serious, are not cognizant of and are not present in themselves. 

What is interesting is that the artist as the confidant and off-the-records viewer of these women unveils this unpropitious moments; a moment just before their exhibition.
The grey harmony of colours of the works depicts a hesitant and vague state of the mind which is in contrast to the act of decoration, dramatic, crystal and full-of-contrast faces that they are supposed to make out of themselves. Perhaps at last the artist, with the help of visual and contextual elements, would like to evoke the audience so that he himself views this everyday viewing and being viewed with some hesitation and indecision.
Mojan Arianshokooh

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