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The versus of Obligation,

17 May till 21 June

We are so exited to have a new show of Nasser Bakhshi after more then 2 years.

You are kindly invited to view the paintings of Nasser Bakhshi and his wife Roqayeh Najdi in Pedrami Gallery opening on 17 May from 19:30 – 21:30. The exhibition will continue till 21 June every Friday Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 17:00 or by appointment 0032488499668.

Nasser Bakhshi is preoccupied with images that relate to time and space and ultimately The existence. Through his large scale paintings and by painting found objects, he relates his concerns and fears. Painting is the instrument of conversation for this very quiet artist. He engages the viewer and narrates his tales; creating imagery that is communal and allude to turbulences and apprehensions of a nation in state of flux.
The images are all connected and collectively they offer an insight to the unique world of the artist. The remoteness of some images next to the tenderness of others, show
fears and realities next to vitality of existence, and together they celebrate life.
His exceptional skill and hard work has endeared him to many audiences in Iran and outside the country. In words of Master Aydin Aghdashloo : Nasser Bakhshi carries on
in the solitude of his studio, in a neat and narrow alley of the city of Tabriz, where he lives. He is bashful, and shy and dignified. He is an exemplary human being who has
inherited the serenity, politeness and perseverance of his ancestors. He is not bound by fame, commercial success or praise. He is attached to his solitude. If you gain entrance
to his studio, you can find tens of excellent and first rate art works. He will not abandon Tabriz. Citizens of his city pass him by, with respect, without knowing and realizing
what a gem lives among them, and what a pity that his solitude does not let his character lighten up his alley, city and country even more.

And about Roqayeh Najdi,
For a whole generation of Iranians, childhood was a passage between bewilderment and awakening. The experience of living through years of revolution and the imposed war, exposed them to images, emotions and vocabulary that was not supposed to be part of their childhood. The fears and conflicts of those years has had its profound effect on every day decisions and desires. At the same time the insecurity that a nation
has felt for many years has evoked fundamental human craving for life; for color, patterns, and flight of fancy.
In her first solo exhibition Roghayeh Najdi pictures a past that is shared by millions of other children. By painting Negative images of children, with a backdrop of unrest and inherent violence, she speaks out against imposed war and violence and the ever increasing threats of war and hostility in her home country as well as in the region.
The illusionary quality of what she remembers is a tangible shroud that covers the paintings. In these layers of reality, dream, and illusions a unique formation takes
shape. Vivid colors are in contrast with the grey years of life in Iran and the astounding beauty of the wild flowers are a reminder that ultimately nature can’t be restrained and
eventually human spirit is capable of overcoming a great number of obstacles.
The Versus of Oblivion is a collection of wondrous imagery by a young female Iranian artist who is trying to recall all of the past, and today she is determined to live her life to its fullest, despite the past; defiant stand of an artist who is committed to renounce darkness and ultimately to defeat spite.

Nazila Noebashar.