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Hojat Amani, is a multi-disciplinary artist involved in photography, painting, and calligraphy / Raised in a traditional family, Amani was familiarised with traditional art, and began as a calligrapher from a young age / Wanting to move away from traditional forms of art, Amani left home in search of contemporary methods of expression / His goal was to give viewers a cathartic purification and a promise of freedom from the difficulties of contemporary life / He believes art represents beauty and has a much deeper purpose than that of just a material or financial purchase and therefore uses his art as a way of recreating his imagination / Although Amani has experienced the hardships which are a result of war, he specifically chooses not to focus on it in his work / He prefers to create beautiful images, intending to provide some form of relief and escapism from the harsh realities of many of his countrymen / The artist holds degrees from the University of Art in Tehran as well as Isfahan / Amani’s work has been exhibited throughout Tehran, as well as in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Canada, Sri Lanka and Pakistan / Amani has participated in art residencies in London and Lithuania/
2008 MA Fine Art, Tehran University, Iran
2004 BA Painting, University of Esfahan, Iran
2013 Solo exhibition Shirin Art gallery, Tehran, Iran
2012 Solo exhibition Paradise, Environmental photo, Day Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008 Solo Drawing Exhibitions, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
2007 Solo Drawing Exhibitions, Kosar gallery, Isfahan, Iran
2013 Monaco Art show
2013 Monte Carlo
2012 From Tehran, Scope Miami, Florida , USA
2012 Requiem, 2nd Kathmandu International Art Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
2012 Reprise,curated Lithuanian Artist, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
2012 Train to Tehran, Opera Holland Park, London, UK
2012 2nd Iranian Photography Expo, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
2012 The Asia House Fair, London, UK
2011 “3 worlds in 1”, Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre Exhibition Hall Curate by Edward Lucie Smith, Klaipeda, Lithuania
2011 Persian Calligraphy, Workshop, Baroti art Gallery, Klaipeda, Lithuania
2011 SHORTLISTED ARTISTS, Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, London, UK Magic of Persia, MOP CAP
2011 Shortlist Exhibition Contemporary Art Prize, Traffic
2010 Concerning Angels, Janet Rady Fine Art, London, UK Angels dream, Installation, Athena video art festival, Athens, Greece
2009 Iranian Innovative painters, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
2008 Recycle Art, Iranian Environmental Artist, Laleh Studio, Tehran, Iran
2008 Individual Drawing Exhibitions, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
2008 Calligraphy Masters, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
2008 Iranian Photography Expo, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, Iran
“The success of the traditional artist comes when people can approach his art and find grace, pleasure and peace in it."
In the inner thoughts of all human beings, there exist images of supernatural 'winged' beings, symbolizing the desire to have wings to fly with. In ancient man’s mind, creatures with wings possessed a high spiritual and creational ranking.
Of the earliest and most ancient remaining documentations of this belief is a picture of a winged human being, displayed on rock engraving, in central Iran, dating back to 8000 years ago.
Among the remaining traces and pictures of winged creatures, similar to the picture of Ahura Mazda found in the remains of Takht e Jamshid (Persepolis), are the creatures which were more sophisticated in detail and belonged to second and third millennium before Christ. In Persian language, different words exist to describe angelic winged creatures; words such as 'fereshte' and 'Afreshte', whose Arabic equivalent are 'Malik' and 'Hatif' which symbolize an unseen, pure and gentle being with great spiritual powers, with a high status.
In Persian archetypical beliefs, angels are ‘ever-present’ creatures who accompany human beings from the moment of man’s creation right up to his death.
In the modern world, human beings, surrounded with machines of all sorts, suffer a certain anxiety, born out of the surrounding chaos. Hence man searches for inner peace and tranquility in his inner self and resorts to his imaginative power.
We have set off on a journey, carrying a drape on which two wings were painted and we photographed people as they stood in front of the drape and reacted to the wings and displayed their instinctive reaction towards being given wings.
Taking these pictures was a memorable experience for the people, just like the pictures they might have taken on momentous events, which they hang in picture frames against walls.
In front of the wings, some stood with utmost respect, with folded arms, or an innocent smile. All of which was captured with a camera.
These pictures show the momentary transformation of human existence to angelic beings