Special event
‘Who is this Hossein the world is crazy about?’ The work of Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi

Sunday 12 May 2013,

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An afternoon of presentations exploring the career of the important Iranian artist Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi.

In 2011, the British Museum acquired an important work completed in 1958 by the renowned modern artist, Charles- Hossein Zenderoudi. This large, linocut print on linen, entitled 'Who is this Hossein the world is crazy about?' illustrates dramatic scenes from the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala (in modern Iraq) in AD 680.

In the presence of the artist himself, this afternoon features a series of presentations that will consider the work in detail and discuss his oeuvre more widely. Ladan Akbarnia, Farjam Curator of Islamic Art at the British Museum, will introduce and situate the work within the context of the Persian parda and passion play traditions. Marie Rivière Zenderoudi, Professeur agrégé, specialist in contemporary art and in the work of Zenderoudi in particular, will place it within the wider context of his oeuvre. Followed by a panel discussion chaired by Venetia Porter.

The work 'Who is this Hossein the world is crazy about?' will also be on display during the course of the afternoon. The second part of the afternoon will present Abbas Kiarostami's 'Looking at Ta’ziye' (The Spectators). Independent curator and writer Vali Mahlouji will introduce Kiarostami’s important installation and discuss the wider context of appropriations of the ritual form of performance by contemporary Iranian artists. In the interface between performance and film, Kiarostami's piece focuses on the gaze of the spectators watching a live ta’ziye performance. The screening includes footage of the original passion play performance filmed by Kiarostami.

For abstracts of the talks, speakers’ biographies and details of the film, visit www.magicofpersia.com

Supported by Magic of Persia.

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Linocut print on linen (detail), 1958 © Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi