Untitled, 2002, color print, 112 x 134 cm, courtesy of Loushy Art & Editions, Tel Aviv
Reza Aramesh's work relates to the disruption of order in the domestic sphere and to the intrusion of the exterior world into the interior. By creating a theatrical mise-en-scene and alluding to Hollywood narratives like that of the movie Home Alone, Aramesh mixes the absurd and the threatening and reveals the repressed anxieties of the Western world vis-à-vis the "other," represented in this case by men wearing black masks. The exaggeratingly staged nature of the scene ridicules representational conventions of "good" and "bad" characters in popular Western culture. The story, which initially appears familiar and innocent, grows disturbing and threatening without us being able to clearly identify who is employing the violence in the depicted scene.
Born in Iran, 1967; lives and works in London