Navid Azimi Sajadi
Navid Azimi Sajadi was born in Tehran in 1982, however he now lives and works between Rome and Tehran. His recent work entitled Where danced Sherazhade explores not only the symbols and traditions that are typical of Middle Eastern stereotypes, but also their preconceived views. Shifting images of Sassanid mould in Western deformation, Navid Azimi Sajad organises old concepts in a new way. In doing so, he crowds out everything and everyone. Using heterogeneous media including photography, sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and the written word, he covers many of the symbols of ancient Persian culture as well as those recently conveyed through Iranian television screens.
From Gilgamesh, the lion-fighter, to Ishtar, goddess of sex and love; cypress trees to the atomic bomb; esoteric mythical symbols to precious talismans, until the colour green – typical of the struggle against the government. Coming then to 171 overlapping images of the Iranian flag and repeated that result atomic explosion, on which it is interwoven the five-pointed star. Also a symbol not only of power, fear and horror. Death. So close to life. A liaison, a bridge Navid has experienced in person. Without Iran kaleidoscopic backdrop of Scheherazade. Without Iran: the epicenter of the Thousand and One Nights. Only the Sasanid Kingdom, an inexhaustible source of stories that ooze ancestral kings, knights and ladies, rich in gold, frankincense, myrrh, religion, bigotry and censorship. In short, enchanted stories that enchant! Or kill.