این پرتره ها، اشراف و زیبارویان و نخبگان عصر رنسانس که با شکوه و وقار از پس قرن¬ها به ما فخر می فروشند، از جهان خود جدا شده اند تا زیبایی و جلال شان در پس زمینه ای بی مکان و بی زمان، تنها بمثابه اوج فردیت شان و کمال زیبایی و جبروت شان بدرخشد. این ها نمایش بی واسطه ی کمال و شکوه اند. اما ذهنیتی، نه آکنده از غیظ و خشم و نه فقط از تشویش سالیان تلخی زیست و تنفس در هوایی مسموم که در کنترل شدگی آگاهانه ی غیظ و تشویش بر آمده از آگاهی و پختگی مدرنیسم مچاله شده-اند، ترک خورده اند. خدشه دار شده اند. این غیظ و خشم تلنبار شده از تشویش مدرنیسم با دقتی وسواس گونه همه ی زیبایی و وقار و جلال شان را در چینشی جدید، در سبعیتی آمیخته به شیطنت و هزل حفظ کرده است. شوخ طبعانه به متانت و جبروت شان تلنگر زده اما ابهت و فردیت یکه شان را تشدید کرده است. از فردیت و ابهت شان آشنایی زدایی کرده است. بر آن نه فقط مهر تایید زده که عظمت و کمال شان و فردیت شان را موکد کرده است.
این تنها زیبایی شناسی مبتنی بر خلق یا جست و جوی زشتی نیست. او از پس زشت کردن ظاهری این کمال زیبایی به زیبایی شناسی جدیدی رسیده است. زیبایی نه مبتنی بر زشتی، که بر پایه ی رهایی و صداقت و سلوک مدرنیسم. هنرمند نگاه و تفکر و تشخص و فردیت مبتنی بر آگاهی را، در این غیظ کنترل شده، در این خشم تلنبار شده از زیست اجتماعی و فردی خود، و در این درک از رهایی و آزادگی مدرنیسم، بمثابه کشف فردیت و منیت خود به نقطه ای اوج از کمال و هنر در یک نجوای شوخ طبعانه فریاد زده است. او فردیت خود را باشکوه و عظمت نجوا کرده است.
امید روحانی- آذر 1393
These portraits, the noble men and women, the elite and the beautiful people of the Renaissance era who are still ostentatious after centuries, are removed from their universe so that their beauty and glory glow excessively in a timeless and spaceless setting with an emphasized individuality and eccentricity. This is an immediate exposition of splendor and majesty. The portraits are not crumpled, cracked and distorted because of the anger and fear one might feel for living through bitter times and breathing poisoned air, rather they are created determinedly with full control over the wrath and anger modernism brings about. The amassed resentment generated by modernism’s anxiety has resulted in an obsessive preservation of the beauty, dignity and glory of the portraits in a new arrangement and a ferocious but satirical and ironic tone. The artist has fooled about the serenity, greatness and dignity of the portraits, yet underlined their grandeur and individuality. He has defamiliarized their individuality and majesty yet favored them and even endorsed their splendor.
This is not an aesthetic language only to seek ugliness or to create it. By deforming beauty outwardly, the artist has achieved a total new aesthetics of his own with roots in the liberation, integrity and conduct of modernism. With his controlled wrath and the amassed resentment resulted from his social and personal life, in addition to his understanding of the liberty and magnanimity that modernism generates, the artist has used his perceptive outlook, opinion, eminence and individuality as to discover his own individuality and egotism and cry it out in a sardonic whisper at the zenith of perfection. He has majestically whispered his individuality.
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.