Short Reviews

on Iranian

Contemporary Art

Exhibition Review

The Ugly Duckling

“The Ugly Duckling” is the title of a nostalgic childhood story that incorporates concepts such as judgment, patience and tolerating difficulties to achieve best results.

Amir Farhad has used the title of this story to represent what he has in mind in an allegory language. Using images such as eye, candle and tree, he has tried to deal symbolically in his works. The use of writing among colorful forms and black and white drawings has also helped him to express his fantasies.

Presenting the small drawings beside larger scale paintings with shiny colors, seems like an evolution that Amir Farhad refers to by the title, as in the story there was a little black duck that turned to a large, beautiful swan. In his works, the small paintings are also black and white and the larger ones are more colorful and complex.

From the author’s point of view, this exhibition is a kind of personal monologue that expresses humans’ emotions such as love, hatred, bravery, pain and happiness.

Although the exhibition has no statement and leaves the audience alone, but looking deeper at the works, the symbols and texts one can have his own reading of the works.