Exhibitions - Farzane Follows Fantasy (Farzane Vaziritabar - Iran)
From 29 september till 22 december 2019
Farzane Vaziritabar, born in 1987, is an Iranian sculptor and cartoonist. She got her Diploma in painting from Yazd Visual Arts school in her hometown Yazd and her Bachelor in Sculpture and Master's degree in Art Studies from Tehran University in Tehran. Through the years she got more and more interested in the possibilities that the third dimension presents to the artist and so she chose ‘’Sculpture’’ as her major for her bachelor’s studies at the Fine Arts University in Tehran. She further strengthened her artistic insight about the philosophical and theoretical aspects of her field by going into Art Studies as her master program. She is currently studying Public Art and Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.
She has participated in individual and group exhibitions and won national and international prizes in the field of sculpture, installation and cartoon. Some of her sculptures characterise themselves through graphic symbols, others by the natural form or structure of the materials used.
Farzane’s solo exhibition ‘’Farzane follows fantasy’’ at the European Cartoon Center in Kruishoutem contains three sections of her work. A selection of her former older works, actual works sometimes based on poetry and works titled ‘’MR. BAU’’, works based on the 100-year jubilee of Bauhaus style.
In the collection older works Farzane’s grandmother is often role model for a traditional Eastern woman in daily life situations. The works, made with color pencils, fineliners and watercolor are very often colorfull, classical detailed illustrations with a symphathetic joke. Mostly designed and made for cartoon festivals with a specific theme, the works illustrate elements of Iranian life.
The works based on poetry have a more modern, surrealistic clean style with here and there some color to make the point. As every language has its finesses in meaning it’s mostly very difficult to translate it well. Therefore, the choice has been made to leave the translation of the poetry away. The illustrations should speak for themselves.
Studying at the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany during the 100th jubilee year of Bauhaus style, Farzane brought the inventor of the style MR. BAU to life and published his adventures with the principles and symbols of Bauhaus art in a book, which immediately was sold out and ready for a second edition. Again Farzane’s style here is clean a fresh, feeling free to play with ideas and the symbols and colors of Bauhaus.
All in all, Farzane doesn’t make aggressive work in style nor meaning at all. When she wants to make a point, she does it in a subtile way. The interesting thing about this exhibition is that an Iranian artist can create a dialogue between Eastern and Western culture. Although Farzane follows the ideas of modernity, the traces of Eastern art, culture and tradition can be seen indirectly.
Willem Rasing, FECO President-Holland.
You can visit the exhibition in the ECC from 29 September till 22 December 2019, every Sunday from 10 to 12am and from 2 to 5 pm. Groups of 10 persons or more are welcome on other days by appointment.