By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
I found the works of Mr. Hamid Reza Jahani somewhat unusual; the exhibition was at Banafesh gallery last month. Recently I have noted that many artists seem to be working on one theme, like a well defined project. I very much like this approach as one can feel and sense the mood of the artist and the way they view their world, at least in a particular time frame, more clearly.
Jahani's works were almost all about crows, what we call Kalagh in Persian. He seemed to me to be a normal jolly young man; he is in his early thirties and teaches art, like so many other artists like himself privately and at art colleges, to make ends meet while he pursues his passion for painting.
Nevertheless, Jahani's choice of subject was interesting, especially given the fact that in Persian culture crow/raven do not have a nice reputation as they are associated with bad omen and are supposed to bring bad news. So I asked him why he had chosen such a controversial bird for his show. He replied with great calm and gentleness that he had chosen Kalagh-ha for his exhibition theme simply because in his opinion humans and Kalaghs have so much in common. Their relationships with each other and in groups are very similar to us humans. So he had used them in a way as representatives of people. He told me that crows mix, love and fight with each other, and make up and break us so much like us. Their emotional and social relations are very similar to us. I could not agree or disagree with him, as I do not know much about that to be quite honest. I let you judge for yourself.
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