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Farhad Moshiri “Life is Beautiful”


Life is Beautiful” was a Pop-up exhibition which took place in March 2016, on the occasion of the launch of the monograph produced and edited by Dina Nasser-Khadivi and published by Skira. The exhibition took place in Dubai in collaboration with Alerkal Avenue and was supported by The Third Line and Christie’s. It brought together some seminal works by the artist from key collections in the region.

As the first major publication devoted to the artist, the double volume monograph spans the last 20 years of Moshiri’s work and presents a look at his admiration for the ironic hybrids between contemporary and historical Iranian symbolism as well as his exploration of present-day society. Considered one of the most prominent figures of Middle Eastern contemporary art, Farhad Moshiri became well known for his ironic interpretations of hybrids between traditional Iranian forms and those of the globalized consumerist and popular culture. Utilizing a repertoire of mediums and tools, he critically examines pertinent issues today and plays with the codes of modernism while developing a flamboyant iconography Gathering approximately 160 works, this monograph approaches his work both thematically and chronologically, and includes installation shots from past exhibitions and earlier works that have never been published before, in addition to critical essays by contributors such as Dr Maryam Ekhtiar from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vassilis Oikonomopoulos from TATE, Aram Moshayedi from the Hammer Museum and Negar Azimi.