Connecting the contemporary with the traditional, Jalal Sepehr's photography surprises and excites. Photography that feels energetic, fresh and established sets of works of art all at the same time. Using the Persian rug as central to the artist's body of work, Sepehr brings the viewer into his approach of framing issues on immigration whilst fusing modernity with cultural tradition. Imaginary scenes are constructed around the rug, yet somehow could become or be perceived as a real landscape. The Persian rug partially symbolising the photographer's bond to his birth place, as well as one that leads or questions the choices we each have, the notion of migration.
Jalal Sepehr's work features a contrast of colours, between the colour red of the rugs and the earth's hues of his landscapes. Photography that looks at the notion of immigration, and synonymously through modernity and tradition, as well as to a craft as a symbol captured through a creative body of work.
Jalal Sepehr's work was exhibited at this year's engaging Photo London with LS10 Gallery.
Jalal Sepehr is a photographer born in 1968 in Tehran. While initially starting out as an industrial and advertising photographer in the 1990's, Sepehr went on to co-found Akse Fanoos (“Lantern’s Picture”), and today is renowned for his work in fine art photography. His work has been exhibited at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris Photo fair, Vienna Art Week amongst countless others. Two works from Sepehr's series "Knot" have recently been purchased by the prestigious Fondation d'Entreprise Hermes in Paris. Sepehr lives in Tehran, where he continues to work and teaches at the University of Media and Applied Sciences.
LS10 Gallery is founded by curator Elisenda Faustino-Deu, placing at the forefront the work of emerging artists from Iran to wider audiences. Through her background in film and TV, she travelled in 1974 to Iran, where Pasolini’s ‘Il fiore delle mille e uni notte’, film was partially shot there on location. Since then, she has travelled regularly to Iran, collaborating with artists and showcasing the artist's perspectives. Elisenda Faustino-Deu aims with LS10 Gallery to highlight contemporary Iranian art and diverse artists, all whilst presenting how art can confront assumptions.
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