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A large-format, lavishly illustrated monograph on one of Iran's most internationally renowned contemporary artists. Rokni Haerizadeh is a painter known for his compositions that weave together ancient fables and literary figures, contemporary film and political history. In the series Fictionville, he violates and perverts photographic media images depicting human suffering into an anthropomorphic Orwellian world of fairy tales: humorous, grotesque, satirical, bitter. The title is derived from the 1968 Iranian play Shahr-e Ghesseh. The suffocation that social and political powers can inflict is recounted through the renowned tale of an elephant forced to redefine his identity in order to conform to a new community.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • Milan, Italy
  • English
  • 250 colour illustrations
  • 8857217086
  • 9788857217086

About Tessa de Caters

Vali Mahlouji is a London-based independent curator, writer, translator, and designer. Christopher Lord is a writer currently based in Accra, Ghana. He worked in the Middle East from 2008 to 2012 as a journalist and editor, focusing on contemporary art from Iran and the Arab world.
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