Mamak Azarmgin was born
in 1968. She studied design, painting, photography and applied art
in Tehran. The emphasis of her work lies in the traditional Illumination
(Tahzib) and Persian Painting (Negargary). Tahzib has, as an artform,
always been held in high esteem in Iran. Single pages of the Quran,
Songs of Love, Epic Verses or the Philosophical Meditations of famous
Iranian poets such as Hafiz, Firdusi and Djami reach their true
delicate and sophisticated beauty only through the book paintings.
The characteristic elements of the Illuminations, the arabesques
in their sparkling natural colors of Gold and Silver, Lapis Lazuli
and Malachite, form a strong and striking visual counterpart to
the highest of Islamic artforms, the written word. It is a journey
into the world of Mystics for the observer, the art of "Tahzib"
transforms those who allow themselves to be touched by it.
The work developed by Mamak Azarmgin between 1995-2007 separates
the Illumination from their close connection with the book, although
she never gives up the connection to this genre completely. From
the tone of the paper to the production of the colors, the artist
controls and dominates this exquisite artform, whose secrets stay,
to this day, unsolved. Like precious treasures the complex ornamental
compositions fascinate and become witnesses of a far off time and
a far off world. However, with the artist's every brush line, these
treasures live on into the present.
A selection of books from the Orient Archive Dr. Vogt, Karlsruhe,
supplements the exhibition surrounding the traditional aspects of
Illumination, epitomising and embodying the essential characteristics
of Mamak Azarmgin's work.
Saturday 14th March 2009 at 18:30
Introduction: Dr. Schoole Mostafawy
Sufi-Music with the Trio "Tomtaka" (Bita Kermani, Nasi
Shahin, Keyvan Harandi) from Cologne
Wed. - Fri 17:00 - 19:00; Sa 14:00 - 16:00; Sun /
Public Holidays 11:00 - 14:00
GEDOK Artists Forum Karlsruhe,
Markgrafenstr.14 (corner of Fritz-Erler-Str.),
Tramstop: Kronenplatz/Universität (University)
(Tramline Nr. 1 through 5; S2, S4 and S5)
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