Exhibition | NO MAN’S LAND
Opening times: Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Asia House is to host an exhibition comprising of film, painting and drawings by the Iranian-American artist, darvish.
The exhibition will explore a notion of internal and external explorations of space, and pays homage to the Iranian farmer Darvish Khan Esfandiarpour (coincidentally sharing the same first name as the artist).
Unable to hear or speak since birth, Esfandiarpour’s land was confiscated by the Shah’s regime as part of the ‘White Revolution’ land reforms of 1963. Leaving him with land too arid to grow crops, he spent the next 40 years hanging heavy stones from dead trees and erecting them single-handedly. The art installation is known as ‘The Stone Garden’ and based in the province of Kermanshah. The farmer would perform his uniquely personal and ceremonial dance and could be seen as a silent protest to an unjust act.
Inspired by the Stone Garden’s exploration of territory, darvish’s exhibition, No Man’s Land, references the unoccupied, highly dangerous space between enemy lines during conflict – contested but ultimately useless land over which men fight and die. The title seeks to invoke the absurdity of patriotism and the abstraction of land division.
Darvish is a half Iranian, half American artist who embraces the sub-culture that has grown out of his two opposing homes, playing with stereotypes and fusing together clashes of cultures.
Movement plays a large part of his process. His studio, which he calls his ‘cosmic gym’ is home for both painting and bodywork. By opening up space internally he is better able to access the open spaces he represents on paper or canvas.
On Thursday 19 April the artist will be in conversation with world renowned choreography and dancer, Akram Khan, to discuss ‘exploration in space’ through art and movement. The discussion will be followed by a silent disco, provided with music compiled by the artist. The concept behind the silent disco is to encourage free movement for the viewer in reference to the ‘The Stone Garden’. Book tickets to the event on the 19th April here.
For more information: Curator, Mariam.Neza@asiahouse.co.uk
Image above: darvish in Darvish Khan Esfandiarpour’s Stone Garden, Kermanshah province, Iran.
“Desert Dancers”, by darvish, oil on canvas, 2011, in a private collection.