Mehdi Ghadyanloo Solo Exhibition
Born in Iran and raised during the Iran-Iraq War, Ghadyanloo’s artistic background has unique ties to his cultural heritage. He studied in Tehran for his arts degree and worked as a part of the Iranian Beautification Bureau to create public art murals covering up propaganda from the Islamic Revolution in the country. This exhibition is his first solo exhibition in Asia and is composed of a number of new paintings and works on paper that showcase his skills with geometry, chiaroscuro, and colour. Featuring symbols of childhood, the exhibition emanates a nostalgic feeling.
A fairly new concept popularised on the internet, liminal spaces are known for their transitory feelings and dreamlike settings in combination with a mildly eerie quality. These emotions are all seeping in Ghadyanloo’s works as viewers see imageries of playgrounds, in all different times of day and states to showcase different emotional states. Viewers will experience hints of nostalgia as they witness symbolic figures of their childhoods while perhaps also feeling a bit uneasy as these images of childhood memories are missing a key element: children.