Here There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art for the Future
People: Part IV   Culture

The World where to I Adhere
Farah Ossouli • Iran
Gizella Varga Sinai • Hungary www.gizellavargasinai.com

For their collaboration, the artists—one from the East; the other from the West—are working together on the same canvases, which will be presented as two separate crosses, hung besides each other. The name of the artwork is based on a poem by the Iranian poet Molana Jallal ud Din Rumi.
The work contains many allegorical and calligraphic elements, which have their roots in the art, culture and civilization of the East and West. For example, the oak leaves, symbolizing wisdom, reflect this tree’s sacred position in pre- and post-Islamic history. Turquoise blue symbolizes the sky; ochre represents the earth, which also refers to the material and spiritual world in Islamic Art. The shape of the cross is an ancient Persian symbol that also bears symbolic significance in Christian cultures. Two women angels also can be seen in the center of both canvases, representing the role of the mother/artist—two diverse worlds each of which carry a third world between them, which suggests Rumi words:
‘Don’t search me in the two worlds, there and here Those are both lost in the world, where to, I adhere.’”


Exhibition Venue:
Hampden Gallery University of Massachusetts •
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA www.umass.edu/fac/hampden/
April 2—25, 2009
Located on the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst campus, Hampden and Central Galleries’ mission is to facilitate cultural understanding through exhibitions and in-depth adjunct programming. The main focus is on new work by emerging artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, video and new media.

The First International Visual Arts Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran, Iran
January 1 – March 31, 2009

Hungarian Television Duna www.dunatv.hu May 2009