For Art Dubai 2019 Galerie Kornfeld presents a duo presentation including new works by Tammam Azzam and Farshad Farzankia. The presentation at Art Dubai will feature a new series of paper collage works by Azzam which were developed since his move to Germany in 2016 alongside works on paper and canvases by Farzankia. Both artists focus on creating work that crosses boarders and transcends a single location. While Azzam delves into spatial and material reconstruction through his expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes, Farzankia builds a symbolic lexicon to document and question his changing environments. Farshad‘s childhood migration translates within his works as a memory, with a dream-like quality, whereas Azzam‘s more recent experience has a sharpness and immediacy which encompasses both personal trauma and collective narrative. Azzam, having migrated from Syria to the UAE in 2011 and now settled in Germany and Farzankia having migrated from Iran to Denmark in 1989, have both created a body of work that is grounded in a longing for their home country, but in very different ways.
Tammam Azzam works with up to 50.000 shreds of hand-painted paper, arranged in several layers, coming together like chaotic mosaics which unfold into powerful abstractions resembling people, buildings, structures and disasters. These works include shards of paper fragments and found objects collected over the years and across geographies, giving his works a sense of abstracted time and space. From afar, these works look like paintings. From up close they reveal an affinity with mosaics – a multitude of small, colored particles combined to form a large image. Although the motifs can often be precisely located, the transformation goes beyond the object and beyond the event the picture is based on. The visual clues that are used to identify the places that served the artist as a model are abstracted to such an extent that their individuality is replaced by a form of universality. Though he captures a kind of chaos in these works he also focuses upon the constructive nature of the synthesis.
Galerie Kornfeld brings the works of Farshad Farzankia back to Dubai for the second year after his participation in the fairs‘s inaugural Residents program in 2018. In his works on paper, introduced to Dubai for the first time this year, viewers are presented with many of the individual symbols (birds in free or confined forms, cats, plant life, conversation and obscure objects) which usually compose his painted visual narratives in a jigsaw juxtaposition. Here the viewers are invited to consider the individual power the symbols hold beyond their usual constructed painted surface. Farzankia‘s work across mediums poses questions about who is seen and why, investigating popular culture and the meanings of objects.