• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 122

    Daryoush Gharahzad (Iranian, b. 1976)


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    Daryoush Gharahzad (Iranian, b. 1976)
    signed in Farsi and dated '2009' (on each panel)
    acrylic and crayon canvas; diptych
    left panel: 62¼ x 70.7/in. (148 x 180cm.); right panel: 62¼ x 51¼in. (148 x 130 cm.); overall: 62¼ x 122in. (148 x 310cm.)
    Executed in 2009 (2)

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    Dayroush Gharahzad focuses on women in the streets of Tehran. They are required to cover their heads and wear modest clothes in public and instead tend to wear a lot of makeup as a means of expression.
    His streets are scenes of alienation and disconnection. In this work the woman, seen in profile, looks to the end of the picture, avoiding the viewer's gaze. Meanwhile, the graffitied male face on the wall stares straight ahead at the viewer, albeit through the lenses of dark glasses. Thus different levels or reality, connection and voyeurism are explored.

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