Arab Singers

Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Arab Singers, 2015

Silkscreen gold leaf on tiles



1x1 Art Gallery


Price: 56,000 USD

About The Work

14-year-old Hassanzadeh got acquainted well with the technique of silkscreen-print while working at his textile printing shop. Thrilled about printing a Michael Jackson motif on his t-shirt, little did he know this technique will become an integral part of great bodies of artworks he will make later on as one of the most prominent artists of his country. As a traditional man raised in the traditional environment, Hassanzadeh was drawn to Iranian traditional paintings and Saqqakhaneh Movement, with his belief in Shia Islam and his passion for Persian poetry and calligraphy further influencing his work. While his Arab Singers have the warm and inviting backdrop of palm trees and the mysterious ever-lasting Pyramids of Egypt, Hassanzadeh’s Iranian Khonyagars are set on an exquisitely sensual backdrop of a banquet of miniature figures singing, dancing and being joyous, with the Persian chandelier hung right in the center with symmetrical curtains on both side depicting the poetry of celebrated Persian poets Hafez, Saadi, as well as Shahnameh.

About Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Khosrow Hassanzadeh was born in 1963 In Tehran where he lives and works. As a young man, he volunteered in the bloody Iran-Iraq war which left an indelible mark on him, prompting him to create his first internationally recognized series “War, Life and Art”. Upon returning from the war, Hassanzadeh studied Painting at Mojtama-e-Honar University and Persian Literature at Azad University, both in Tehran. Glancing through the catalogues of his work in the past two decades, it's easy to notice the evolution of this artist’s incredible craft. “War” (1999) with its’ figure's bodies wrapped in white long clothes morphed into “Chador” (2000), which is the long cloth Muslim women wear over their head that covers their entire bodies, leaving only their faces exposed. Next, he depicted women in “Ashura” (2001), one of Shia’s most revered religious ceremonies, followed by “Prostitutes” (2004) who were murdered by a serial killer in the religious capital of Iran. In “Terrorist” (2005), he portrayed himself and his family members as terrorists, questioning the concept of terrorism and how it’s conveyed internationally. “Pahlavans” the traditional Iranian wrestlers became the focus of his work for over a decade after 2003, during which Hassanzadeh introduced the medium of ceramic tiles into his work.

1x1 Art Gallery

1x1 Art Gallery founded by Malini Gulrajani in 1996, is based in a 7500 sq. ft. warehouse space in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. As an important platform for both established and emerging artists, 1x1 supports its program through structured collaborations with local and international galleries, art fairs, and museums as well as with independent curators and art organizations. Publications form an integral part of 1x1’s program, both documenting its exhibitions and promoting partnerships with art writers and cultural activators. In the last few years, 1x1's exhibition schedule has witnessed an active inclusion of Emirati and Middle East based artists, thus embracing an idea of collaborative projects and initiatives with a predominantly cultural orientation. The gallery comprises of multiple areas to include two large exhibition spaces, a viewing room and an edition shop.

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