Hossein Valamanesh: Char Soo

Samstag Museum: ART AFTER DARK, 9 October – 4 December

Char Soo location

Iranian-born artist and UniSA alumnus, Hossein Valamanesh AM, has become one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. The Samstag Museum is proud to present Hossein Valamanesh’s latest exhibition: Char Soo, the artist’s first large-scale new-media work, as part of the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival. The exhibition will be open with free admission to the public from Friday 9 October until Friday 4 December, 2015.

This immersive four-screen projection places the viewer in the midst of the bustling crossroad of an Iranian bazaar, to contemplate movement, human interaction and the passing of time. The ‘char soo’ or ‘four sides’ is also a metaphor for the country of Iran; itself criss-crossed by invasion and religious and cultural interaction for centuries.

Hossein Valamanesh is recognised – both in Australia and globally - for transcendental and enigmatic works of art that engage with Sufi philosophy, ephemerality, and the intersection of nature and culture.

Born and raised in Tehran, Hossein graduated from the School of Fine Art in Tehran in 1970. In 1973 at the age of 24 he migrated to Adelaide and commenced further studies in visual arts at the South Australian School of Art at the University of South Australia, graduating in 1975.

Hossein Valamanesh has received numerous awards including the Australia Council Residency in Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in 1991, and an Australia Council Fellowship in 1998. His work is included in most major public Australian art collections. He received a 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honour for service to the visual arts, particularly as a sculptor and through installation works and public art.

This special exhibition is the fourth major Art and the Moving Image commission undertaken by the Samstag Museum and the Adelaide Film Festival. This year marks an evolution in the ongoing series, as exciting new partnerships with Carriageworks and the University of Western Australia Cultural Precinct will see Char Soo tour to Sydney and Perth in 2016 after its premiere at the Samstag Museum of Art.

For further information please visit the Samstag Museum website.

On Thursdays from 5pm, the West End precinct comes alive with a calendar of events for ART AFTER DARK West End, proudly supported by principal partner Palladium on Light. The doors are open until late, with exhibitions, films, music, talks, food, beer and wine, workshops and more.

Two more exhibitions you can currently experience are:

We looking forward to seeing you here in the West End.

Stephen Dametto

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