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Exhibition in Dubai: 'Iran Today' by Elham Moaidnia


Elham Moaidnia
Born in Isfahan, Iran, Elham Moaidnia communicates through her work by using Iranian symbols, expressive figures and scripts appearing as slogans. Her inspiration comes from observing contrasts in society and the life of man in today's world. Using acrylics, ink and oil on canvas she paints her expressive figures in a decorative style. One can observe Rumi poetry in many of her paintings, best described as post-expressionist and influenced by the great master Marc Chagall. The principal essence of Elham's works are social, portraying life in 'Iran Today' and especially the fate of women caught between tradition and modernity.




 June 9 to July 15 2008 at Showcase Antiques Art & Frames LLC
P.O. Box - 74700
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971(4) 348-8797

Fax: +971(4) 348-788

Under the Patronage of 
HE Zaki A. Nusseibeh

Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage





Elham Moaidnia - Says she started scribbling with pencil and paper since she was not yet ten. She was fascinated by these so-called drawings as well as the real world around her, and soon she developed a deep love for this, which has not left her and has grown by the day.


Form - She began her work by copying the classics, some graphic work, and national and traditional motifs. After all she was born in Esfahan, the cradle of art and culture in post-Islamic times. Gradually Iranian motifs faded away from her works and they were replaced with Expressionism, and today she considers her work post-Expressionist. From among the masters she is more inspired by Marc Chagall.


Content - The principal essence and message of Elham's works are social, and she is impressed by the life of man in today's world, especially the fate of women and her condition in the IRI. Two main features in her work are first: descriptive, where she narrates the events or realities she observes. In proportion to the strength or placidity of her emotion vs. the subject of work, her sentimental passion is also influenced, and shows itself colourful or discoloured on the canvas. Colours play the central role in reflecting her message; then come the lines and curves, etc.


She uses various media: water colour, oil painting, gouache, dilapidated paper from old books and newspapers and calligraphy, and even ceramic and wood at times. The second feature of Elham's work is offering positive message for activity and the manner of activity. Hence, her work is not merely narrative describing a tragic reality, rather, at times, and perhaps often, small windows of hope and light could be detected here and there in her works.


Elham says: "She is an optimist and hopeful, and knows that "eventually someone will come, someone who is like no one; someone who pulls out his knife solely for cutting bread and dividing it between the needy!"


This optimism accompanied with passion and enthusiasm for struggle and solving the problems, above all the predicaments of modern woman. And where it concerns the woman of today and her plights and predicaments, she asserts herself and her work with strength and high profile, and this is probably the core wish and essence of Elham's work.


Elham is obviously still at the start of her work. Art has very difficult and uneven path, full of ups and downs; but Elham too is very hardworking and industrious, serious in her work, and does not easily give up or back track on her beliefs and work.

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