• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 128

    Khosrow Hassanzadeh (Iranian, b. 1963)

    Two Works from the Terrorist series: Mother and Sister

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    Khosrow Hassanzadeh (Iranian, b. 1963)
    Two Works from the Terrorist series: Mother and Sister
    signed and dated in Farsi (lower left of each panel)
    silkscreen with acrylic on canvas
    Mother: 118 1/8 x 85½in. (300 x 217cm.); Sister: 121¼ x 80¼in. (308 x 204cm.)
    Executed in 2004 (2)

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    Hassanzadeh's Terrorist series is a protest against stereotyping of Iranian artists. In these huge silkscreens, he portrays himself and his female relatives as terrorists. He created this body of work for an exhibition entitled West by East in Barcelona. This exhibition was about how Westerners have been seen, past and present, by the Islamic East. The curator of West by East invited artists and intellectuals from the Middle East and Arab world to give their views of the West. Khosrow Hassanzadeh gave his answer by looking at himself in a Western mirror, and seeing the way he was looked at. He presents a self-portrait alongside portraits of members of his family; each one identified by name, nationality, age and profession and all under the heading Terrorist, as they might be described on a 'wanted' poster.

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