Curated by Pietro Gaglianò
Aryan Ozmaei (born in Teheran and living in Florence) works in a studio that is always hovering over some border: whether it be cultural, linguistic, political, or physical. The artist’s double citizenship is not only a legal status, simplified by regular documents, but concerns also a mental and ethical dimension. Aryan shares habits and points of view from both worlds she belongs to: the one where she comes from and the other one where she decided to live, which was formed from her new family. Such a tie discloses a double nostalgia of Iran as well as of Italy (“nostalgia”, from ancient Greek, means literally a painful wish to return). Furthermore Aryan has a critical gaze on limits, contradictions and harshnes of both worlds, and she keeps herself, as well as her studio, always abroad in relation to a clear and simple sense of belonging. All this feeds her artistic research, which does not accept the exotic stereotype about the “Iranian woman”, spread in the art world by authors, which exploited that colonialism of the imagery in western civilization. Aryan’s painting represents an attempt to find a point of balance between her different educational paths, between the stories of her two countries, between the difficulty of living as an artist, as a cosmopolitan citizen, and the sense of art itself. Her canvases show her studio, her parents (who live between Iran and California) and describe an interior landscape made by coexistences, suspensions and conflicts condensed on the surface of art.
November 23 – December 10, 2016
mon-fry 10:00 am – 9:00 pm – free entrance
Santa Reparata International School of Art
Via Santa Reparata 19r, 50129 Firenze