Lost in Paradise: The New Exhibition of A&E Projects

Tara Taghizadeh

 

 

14 November - 25 November 2012

Loft Sévigné, Paris

Lost in Paradise: The New Exhibition of A&E Projects

 

For their third exhibition, A&E Projects chose Loft Sevigne in the heart of Paris to present a selection of 20 artworks from five contemporary artists, each addressing the theme of spirituality.

 

REZA ARAMESH

b. 1970 in Awhaz, Iran. Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Aramesh draws inspiration from media coverage of the international conflicts from the 1960s to the present day. No direct signs of war remain in his photography and the characters seem driven out of their initial contexts. Opposition between beauty and brutality allows the artist to unveil the absurdity and the futility of these actions. Aramesh also creates sculptures that portray modern victims as medieval Christian martyrs. The beatific poses of his human figures show the influence of religious 17th Century Spanish sculpture.

 

 

 

SHEZAD DAWOOD

b. 1974 in London, United Kingdom. Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Shezad Dawood’s Pakistani, Indian, Irish and British roots are the origin of his rich and mixed artistic approach. Dawood’s colorful installations made of neons and tribal textiles laid on canvas translate his interest in exoticism, poetry and joy. The Jewels of Aptor comprises a taxidermied bird suspended amongst fluorescent neon hoops. This work refers directly to the 12th century poem "The Conference of the Birds" by Farid Al-Din Attar as well as J.G. Ballard’s novel, The Unlimited Dream Company. In these writings the image of the bird is perceived as an allegory of wider philosophical theories of the divine and spiritual.

 

 

IDRIS KHAN

b. 1978 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Idris Khan uses digital photography to transform and combine existing images and texts. He overlays written scores of well-known symphonies or pages of books – such as the Quran – to create complex, calligraphic and musical compositions. In Paradise Lost, a series of prints mounted on aluminium and based on the epic poem by John Milton, Khan shows a fascination for the creative power of artists tormented by doubt and despair. Khan’s cylindrical sculpture, The Devil’s Wall: God is Great is a reference to Ramy al-Jamarat, the ritual stoning of Satan which takes place on the third day of the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

ARIADHITYA PRAMUHENDRA

b. 1984 in Semarang, Indonesia. Lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia.

Ariadhitya Pramuhendra’s charcoal drawings on canvas and sculptures are manifestations of his interest in the quest for identity as well as his questioning of the role of the individual in society. As a Christian, Pramuhendra belongs to a religious minority in Indonesia; the country being predominantly Muslim. In "See No Evil" Pramuhendra has portrayed himself blindfolded and wearing ecclesiastical attire. By representing himself as a blind religious figure, the artist disconnects himself from the public gaze, defining and affirming his own identity.

 

 

MICHAL ROVNER

b. 1957 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lives and works in New York, United States and Israel.

For more than two decades Michal Rovner’s practice has effortlessly incorporated video production, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture and architectural intervention. At first glance Rovner’s work appears heavily political but the artist herself is very clear that she seeks to explore the human condition: ‘my work is not about a political situation, but about the human situation,’ As human experience is ongoing rather than fixed, so is Michal Rovner’s work, unresolved and endless.

 

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