Author(s): Rose Issa
This publication presents a selection of her most startling work so far, created in response to the dramatic social and political upheaval that she experienced after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the murder of her parents in Tehran. Though the inspiration behind Forouhar's subject matter may be tragic, her work has a great emotional range: the results are sometimes macabre, occasionally darkly humorous and often purely joyful. Published to coincide with artist's first solo show in the UK at Leighton House Museum, London, in October 2010, this is the first English-language monograph of her work. The Artist's work is in the permanent collections of The Queensland Art Museum, Queensland; Belvedere, Vienna; Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe; Musem of Modern Art, Frankfurt; and the Deutsche Bank Art Collection. Rose Issa provides a forword and there are essays by the curator and film-maker Lutz Becker and the author and art critic Russell Harris.
'Her response to the horrors of our times gives her work purpose and energy - In her depiction of everyday mental and physical brutality, she creates images of aesthetic appeal but disturbing ambiguity.' Lutz Becker from his introductory essay. 'Forouhar draws on a large reservoir of Iranian cultural forms and uses them to create pieces with great lyrical content.' Russell Harris from his introductory essay.
About the artist: Parastou Forouhar was born in 1962 in Tehran, and since 1991 has lived and worked in Germany. She received her BA in Art from the University of Tehran (1990) and her MA from the Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Germany (1994). About the editor: Rose Issa is a curator and writer who has championed visual art and film from the Arab world and Iran for nearly 30 years. Her gallery, Rose Issa Projects, showcases the best in upcoming and established artists from the Arab world and Iran, www.roseissa.com.