Iran is a country of contrasts. The Daily Mail headlines today are about conflict: ‘Jeremy Hunt warns Iran of ‘unintended but catastrophic’ consequences over attacks on Gulf tankers as he backs America’s claim that Iran is responsible’. Yet, Iran is a country of beautiful art and architecture, with a great heritage that continues today, as demonstrated by the nine artists whose work is on show at the Parasol Unit in London in ‘A Spark is You’.
The artworks contrast to the controlling political situation which appears to exist in Iran, but are we any different in the UK where an uncontrolled outgoing Prime Minister seems to be happily spending billions of taxpayers’ (yours and mine) money before she goes?
In this multi-media exhibition, we have art about heritage on the one hand, and the future on the other. There is a theme about transparency, about people and nations talking to each other, about reconstruction and the future of the nations, where people – like doves – do feel trapped, but perhaps they can escape into a new world?
Demolition can be seen as precursor to new building and new life….