Rokni Haerizadeh, ‘Joyous Treatise’, 2011-2014, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

A woman went to a judge and
complained: "This man [her husband] is not fulfilling my rights, and I'm still a young woman." "I am not remiss in [giving] whatever I am capable of," he said. "I am not satisfied with less than five times every night." "I am not a braggart, and I am not capable of more than three times," said the man. "Incredible!" exclaimed the judge. "Every time a claim comes to me, I end up offering something from myself. I take responsibility for the [remaining] two [times]."

About Rokni Haerizadeh

Rokni Haerizadeh creates mixed-media collages and paintings that both emphasize and criticize the inconsistencies in Iranian culture. His work centers on the fundamental tensions between traditional customs and gender roles and the rise of Western influence. Haerizadeh often appropriates media imagery, as in Who Sank All Night in a Submarine Light (2010), where a still image of a televised protest is printed repeatedly onto the canvas in a comment on government abuse and civil unrest. His eclectic influences include Iranian history, Freudian dream interpretation, traditional Persian literature, and pop culture.

Iranian, b. 1978, Tehran, Iran, based in Dubai

About Ramin Haerizadeh

Ramin Haerizadeh’s mixed-media collages and computer-manipulated imagery offer a critical perspective on the Iranian regime, satirically drawing on the country’s history and invoking traditional motifs of Persian tapestries, fabrics, and carvings. He is best known for “Men of Allah”, a series inspired by plays from Persia’s Qajar period, which often told stories from the life of Mohammad. Haerizadeh’s series depicts configurations of bearded men in patterned robes and heavy makeup, with bodies mutated into near-abstract, angular forms recalling Cubism, and contorted faces that are the artist’s own self-portrait. “In Iran everybody’s holy,” Ramin has said. “Ahmadinejad is holy, the Prophet is holy, the Shah, the ex-Queen…The first thing our community has to do is bring down all the icons.” In other work he has addressed the anger and frustrations of Iran’s Green Movement. He is the brother of the painter Rokni Haerizadeh; the two artists fled Iran in 2009 following the appearance of their work in an exhibition at the Saatchi gallery in London.

Iranian, b. 1975, Tehran, Iran, based in Dubai

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