Short Reviews

on Iranian

Contemporary Art

Exhibition Review

Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah is being held at Dena gallery that the first encounter with its title challenges the mind of audience to find the meaning of the words. Artist has used the words as the common boundary between reality and imagination and has used the shapes and images to create the inner world.

In the statement we find some words such as id, ego and super-ego which remind us of Freud’s theory of human personality development. Artist tries to explain that the human’s inner world has not progressed based on Freud’s order and so the imbalance is the root of human frustration in dealing with difficulties.

Sodom and Gomorrah are two cities out of five which Prophet Lot got commissioned to guide their people. This is where the reference to the conflict in Freud’s personality structure in works of Yaghoubi becomes clear. Yaghoubi’s works are done by collage and color technique. Some deformed bird-like images with human characteristics which may indicate the conflict between id, ego and super-ego from his point of view. Combining the content of two books with transfigured and erotic illustrations is his other work presented in a corner of the gallery. Nizami’s Khamseh is one of the books which contains five love stories and chosing it might be based on the narration of five cities of Lot.