Solo exhibition of Aylar Shahbazi
Opening at Aaran Projects on 11th May 2018
Until 8th June 2018
Aylar Shahbazi uses her considerable skills as a painter to find the exact latitude and longitude coordinates along with the elevation above sea level, to pinpoint her existence within her city. She draws and paints herself in settings and with motifs that are familiar and are intended to explain her life in the city that is home to literally millions of people. Complexities of life in large urban centers and artists own anxieties are integral parts of these large scale paintings and drawings. The lines cast the identity of the artist in a narrative form and the eternal question of who are we is in the center of these finely crafted paintings.
In her installation of land marks of the city, she shows her attachment and association with the city that we all love to hate and simultaneously can’t bear to leave. She decided one day to explain to herself what she likes and dislikes in the city and the result is the Mise-en-scène that invites everyone to recall their own memories. With linear and simplified lines, reminiscent of sketches of architects, she creates a space that allows for visual stories to take shape. Inside this story board everything is possible and all kinds of narratives can develop within its confines; a page from a pop-up book that allows the viewer to roam around. She deconstructs the familiar haphazard architecture of the city and rearranges them to her liking and makes them accessible in their new size.
Aylar Shahbazi has managed to tell her own story within the frames of her canvases and amazing “cut-outs”, and her enthusiastic approach and dialogue with the city is exemplary and an interesting way to come to grips with a city that is chaotic and ugly and at the same time is Home.