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- Object: Cannons and Ballerinas
Watercolour of ballerinas, cannons and a city gate
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Height: 78.70 centimetres
Width: 185.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Farhadian explains the work as such:
"The visuals that I have worked with are based upon the triumphal arches that would be to set up whenever there was an occasion such as a great military victory or a coronation in the cities of Iran.
In Iran these arches were adorned with carpets, picture frames, weapons and chandeliers. They were temporary structures and only pictures of people standing beside them are left behind.
In this painting I portray a particular arch which was set up in honor of the triumph of the Constitutional Revolution (1906-7) over a hundred years ago in Tabriz during the late Qajar period.
For me this arch resembles a theatre or a ballet stage. By putting a dancer on top of the white flags and cannonballs I have made a fictional dreamlike scenario that is at the same time an unlikely juxtaposition. Like a gateway calling you into an unknown and ageless land."
- On display (G90)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Constitutional Revolution (Iran 1906-7)
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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