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Sculpture exhibit depicts man's struggle for freedom

TEHRAN, July 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian sculptor Safa Hosseini says that her new works at the exhibition "Looking for Reality" depict man struggling for total freedom.

Hosseini, 26, has recently put 13 bronze, iron, lead, and resin sculptures on display at Tehran's Seyhoun Gallery.

"'Looking for Reality' is originally the title of a book that I have chosen for my exhibition. My 'Looking for Reality' is actually the story of man's struggle with himself and his environment in order to realize his spiritual destiny and total freedom, not physical freedom, rather spiritual freedom, not freedom of the body, rather freedom of soul. In order to achieve this final freedom of man's soul, he must break all the limitations and boundaries that restrict him. Therefore, the style used in these sculptures is modernism," Hosseini told the Tehran Times here on Saturday.

Hosseini's has created sculptures of human figures and geometrical shapes.

The sculptures are meant to indicate ascending development in man's spirit and intellect, she said.

Sculpture is unable to depict a totally spiritual atmosphere; thus, even in depicting very spiritual concepts, it must seek help from physical materials, she added.

"The sculptures presented in this exhibition are all original. It took nine months to create them. These sculptures are not merely decorative, rather they are conceptualized sculptures," she explained.

The first sculpture in this 13-item set shows a man completely enslaved by himself and his own environment. His hands are totally extended in opposite directions to show his strenuous struggle, while a triangular spring limits his struggle.

In the last sculpture there are two white, transparent geometrical shapes to depict the total freedom of man's soul, she said.

Hosseini, like many other young artists, complains of the high costs of her profession and the total lack of support from any organization.

The exhibition will run until July 6 at the Seyhoun Gallery, which is located at No. 30 Fourth Alley, Vozara St.

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