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30 Years

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2016,6014.1.8

  • Title (series)

    • 30 Years
  • Description

    Hand-coloured Giclée print on EPSON velvet fine art paper depicting popular figures from modern Middle Eastern culture. Edition number 10/10. Part of a portfolio of ten prints, with an accompanying title page and contents page.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2015
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 58 centimetres
    • Width: 38 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
  • Curator's comments

    This portfolio is a collaboration between Tarlan Rafiee and Yashar Samimi Mofakham. The artists' statement: "Tarlan Rafiee’s and Yashar Samimi Mofakham’s works complement each other in their quest for truth behind the violence, propaganda and patriarchy that exist in this part of the world. In her hand-coloured prints, Rafiee depicts Middle Eastern divas, pop singers, actors and actresses in order to remind us that the region has a cultural dimension that is far removed from the cliché of the region as a land of oil and the internal/external strife that arise from that. The personalities depicted by Rafiee such as Googoosh, Fairuz, Omar Sharif and Umm Kulthum have acted as ambassadors for Middle Eastern culture in the wider world and have also helped advance their respective societies.
    In his silkscreen prints, Samimi Mofakham references a number of iconic works in art history such as the Venus de Milo and Dürer’s Saint Sebastian at the Column. The former was utilised by the French as a tool of propaganda to argue its artistic superiority to Medici Venus, after they had returned it to Italy. In Samimi Mofakham’s rendition, this classical symbol of feminine beauty is beheaded and her breasts are censored with Iranian stamps celebrating the anniversary of the Revolution. The martyr Saint Sebastian symbolises all the young men who died in the war. Having endured revolution, war and multiple social movements in their young lives, the works of Samimi Mofakham and Rafiee reflect a fragment of their own experiences and serve as mirrors of their external realities."

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2016

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    2016,6014.1.8

Hand-coloured Giclée print on EPSON velvet fine art paper depicting popular figures from modern Middle Eastern culture. Edition number 10/10. Part of a portfolio of ten prints, with an accompanying title page and contents page.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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