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Exhibition Review

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Isfahan is hosting the newest exhibition of Jinoos Taghizadeh, and the Whale is the main narrative of the works.

  • The first project: A series of drawings from the great presence of some dead whales on the unusual and larger beds of Isfahan’s historical places and some places such as City Theater and Tehran University; A mournful, surreal, and shocking atmosphere of confrontation of these two, displayed in the form of large light boxes, with the sound of whales played. The similarity of some aspects of the life of this creature and his voluntary death with human life and experiences is the main theme of this first project.
  •  The second project: “Jonah’s/Jinoos’s Room” is a long video of performing a huge whale drawing in a room in a historic mansion, which the artist had done while her one-month residency there. The story of Jonah, the prophet, in the whale’s stomach and referring to evolution and a different birth is the basis of the second project which had been done in a prison/womb-like room.

The installation of “The Archive in Vain” which is a showcase consisting of images of art history, gravures, and news related to these two projects are in a way artist’s mind map and the statement of the exhibition. The work of Jinoos Taghizadeh is a great cryptic one related to the life and death of today’s human beings in a world that is becoming more and more strange every day.

“It is in disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists.”

  • “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

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