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Opening Reception: Hesam Fetrati "Suspicious Suspension"

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Come and join us for the opening reception for Hesam Fetrati's exhibition "Suspicious Suspension" on February 12th, 2016 (Friday) from 6-8pm at Class of 1925 Gallery in Memeorial Union.
 
Light refreshment will be served.
 
Fetrati is an Iranian born artist/ satirist, he is currently studying in the Doctor of Visual Arts program at Griffith University Brisbane, Australia.
 
Artist Statement:
 
"As a visual activist artist, the Collective series of artwork Suspicious Suspension is my interpretation of the distress caused through the common and harmful and global activity of displacement.
 
This proposal contains three series of my work Severed Roots, Blindness and Suspension. This body of work address contemporary issues of diaspora, hope, despair and the hopelessness associated with the act of displacement.
 
The severed trees, decomposing fish and abandoned suitcases, are my repeated stereotypes These highlight the harmful acts of separation, distress, dilution and loss, of people who have been cut off and forced from their cultural heritage, their motherland and their geographic place. I use satire in these collections of drawings to comment on issues of forced migration. These three series start with a narrative form into which I attempt to weave my understanding of the mental states of mind and physical hardships endured on the journey from one state of mind/place to another. My drawings seek to give voice to the ‘speechless’ members of society –the refugee, the displaced and those who like myself are transitioning from one culture/ place into another. I see myself as part of this situation and at the same time I try to position myself outside of it in order to look at it more objectively.
 
In an effort to avoid repetitive imagery which would just show the Dickensian life of displaced people and victimise them, I have pursued the inclusion of a balance of subliminal narratives and hidden text I have tried to avoid making a series of work to reflect the anger and compassion of the victim and the viewer but instead I reflect more on the context surrounding the situation and allow the viewer to pass their own judgment on the activity.
 
I have chosen to use black ink on paper and limited edition print for this series in reference to an ancient mode of communication and broadcasting."

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