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His Excellency The Cock

 “His Excellency The Cock” is an exhibition by Peyman Hooshmandzadeh held at AG Gallery. Cock which is the subject of all his photographs is the symbol of man, patriarchy, power, violence, and presidency.

In this collection, Hooshmandzadeh has given a human spirit to the cocks by capturing different portraits of them and has forced the audience to search for their own human characteristics.

On cock’s definition we read in Wikipedia that “the cock is polygamous, but cannot guard several nests of eggs at once. He guards the general area where his hens are nesting and attacks other cocks that enter his territory.”

This explains the world in which the cock has authority. So the society depicted by Hooshmandzadeh is masculine; a society involved in dictatorship, war, and unrest. These interpretations can also be understood in their movement as if the move between them indicates a possible conflict that will lead to a war between the powers; a declaration of war.