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Art in the Winter II - The Secrets of Eve by Yasmin Sinai

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

I have known the work of the talented sculptor Yasmin Sinai for some years and have admired her sculptures and the interesting feelings that they bring to the viewer.  There is a strange sense of mixture of realism and fantasy which is pleasant yet often makes you wonder about the messages, the character, the ideas and hopes.  Yasmin Sinai's recent exhibition at the Shirin Gallery in Tehran featured the Secrets of Eve, whose curiosity in the Garden of Eden led to the fall from Paradise.  There are many angels and some charming figures and interesting painted boxes containing some of the characters.

We enjoyed the display of the Garden of Eden, complete with tempting apples, and the circle of characters that surrounded it, with both different angels and demons!!  The room was beautifully laid out.

Yasmin Sinai

Yasmin told me that this exhibition is the summation of her work and when I asked about the subject, she said that if it was not for the curiosity of our mother Eve we would not be here as human beings, and we would not have learned and experienced so many things.  So inquisitiveness, which is very much a female trait is good and positive, rather than how it has been portrayed.

A very modern young talented and successful artist, Yasmin Sinai was brought up with art and artists; she is the daughter of Gizella Vargas Sinai and the film director Khosrow Sinai.

Eve cried: Thus here is not the paradise, as the paradise is not for the ignorant!

Adam replied: I have no idea! I have no idea!

Eve wondered: Shall we stay in paradise as long as we are ignorant?!

Adam said: I suppose these words are Satan's!

Eve said: But who has led us into temptation for knowing of all unknowns?


The temptation to "know" made Eve fall from paradise and condemned her to live on earth. With her Adam also fell from Paradise.        

Since then Eve's enthusiasm for "knowledge" has been called temptation!

I have some photographs of her work here which I hope you'll enjoy.

Shirin Art Gallery: No. 145 Salimi Street, Andarzgou Boulevard, Farmanieh Avenue.  Tel: 22693359

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