By Heidi Trautmann
It is nothing new that artists have to fight to
find their way to self-recognition, their niche of understanding and expressing
their art. How do I see the world, they ask themselves continuously. How do I
find my language.
This Azerbeijani/Iranian painter, born in 1940 in
Iran, author, art critic, art
historian and graphic
designer, who currently lives in Tehran, Iran and lectures in different Iranian Universities besides his professional work, could tell you endless stories of
One needs to know his biography to learn about his
background which is the basis of his upbringing. His parents having to leave
Baku for Iran for political reasons, the father who died early and the young
man’s approach to the arts. His studies and
research in difficult times, his employment as Head of Artistic Affairs for the
Shah, the hard times after the revolution in 1979 and his fight for survival.
In the exhibition at the EMU Activity Centre his
early works, the series ‘Memories of Destruction’, the destruction of identity,
were shown. Early in his career, Aghdashloo took great interest in the Renaissance and Sandro Botticelli's paintings in particular. He
even used to test his own skills by copying Botticelli's works to the last
detail. His admiration for Renaissance paintings leads to the creation of his
"Memories of Destruction" series in the early 1970s which became his
most celebrated and famous series. In these series Aghdashloo depicts
destruction of identity and beauty by painting a complete Renaissance
masterpiece and then partially destroy or deface it.
If you want to learn more about this painter, look
up his website for the detailed recount of his artistic road and thoughts.