19 March 2014
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE PARISIAN COLLECTION
Reza Aramesh (Iranian, b. 1973)
Action 64, Vietcong Prisoner gagged and blindfolded, 26 November 1965
titled 'Action 64, Vietcong Prisoner gagged and blindfolded, 26 November 1965' (on a plaque affixed to the frame); signed in Farsi, signed, titled, numbered and dated 'Action 64 Edition 1/3 Date: 2009 R. Aramesh' (on the reverse)
black and white silver gelatin print mounted on aluminium in black aluminium artist's frame
62¼ x 48 7/8in. (158 x 124cm.)
Executed in 2009, this work is number one from an edition of three
B21 Gallery, Dubai.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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Contemporary Practices, vol. 5, 2009 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, front cover).
S. Leris, "War and Piece" in GQ Magazine, British issue, March 2011 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, accessed online).
The present work is based on the imagery created by the media depicting wars and conflicts and their impact on the Middle East or in Vietnam throughout history. Through his black and white stills, Aramesh recreates and captures dramatic scenes that are re-enacted by non-professional actors, most of them being from ethnic groups who have been affected by armed conflicts in the recent years.
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