Sahand Hesamian

Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum is between 8 June 2016 and 14 August 2016. Over 280 nominations for the Jameel Prize 4 were received from countries as far ranging as Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist. Works on show range from delicate paper collages to an animated video installation with marionettes and from ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture to artist’s books.

One of the eleven shortlisted artists and designers, Sahand Hesamian talks about his works and his craftsmanship!

 

In Iran there is a strong tradition of using complex geometric forms in architecture, especially in the construction of vaulting. Hesamiyan’s freestanding sculptures reflect the ideas and spiritual implications he finds in these architectural structures.

Khalvat is a series of maquettes, or preparatory models. Their forms are based on the triangular shapes in rasmibandi vaulting. ‘Khalvat’ refers to a ‘sanctum’ or ‘place of solitude’, to which the mystic withdraws to seek the Truth. We can look for our own Truth in the fragile structure of each khalvat.

Nail is a substitute for the four small nails that represent the Crucifixion. It is an arresting symbol of suffering.

Hesamiyan was born in Tehran, Iran, where he lives and works.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum. Please click here for more info about the exhibition!

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