Rock, Paper, Scissors and a hard place

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Jinoos Taghizadeh wanted to come up with a distinctive and thought-provoking work to mark the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. But rather than celebrating the event, the Iranian artist chose to illustrate the yawning gap between hopes and reality.

Taking contemporary Persian-language newspaper accounts of the overthrow of the shah and the rise to power of Ayatollah Khomeini, Taghizadeh embedded images from western works of art – the nightmare world of Hieronymous Bosch, Pieter Breugel‘s timeless Flemish peasants, the French revolutionary-era painter Jacques-Louis David. And on every frame she superimposed outstretched hands: open palms, fists clenched or fingers splayed wide – playing a deadly game of chance.


Open Wiring, A Map of the Artist’s Mind

Asymptote Journal - A Map of the Artist's Mind

Jinoos Taghizadeh’s most recent solo exhibition, Open Wiring, shown at O Gallery, Tehran, from November 20 to December 2, 2015, included works that use various modes of expression and techniques, such as drawing, sculpture, installation, videos, a pop-up book, etc. They also address a wide range of issues: prison letters, a bus hijacking by Palestinian militant Dalal Mughrabi, films by Andrei Tarkovsky, the whale known for its 52-hertz voice, dog shit, anatomy, a Shakespeare play, and artistic integrity. They all get connected, however, through what Taghizadeh calls “a map of her mind,” an exploration of the ways in which she engages with the world, as an artist and a citizen.