Back on Black, Installation, Wood, Resin, Steel, 5'x2'x10", 2012.
One of my installations titled Black on Black resembles my response to the idea of power in society. It contains of seven faces by casting my own face in resin, painted in black in a black box. They all have open mouths filled with shiny chains or nails, all premade, provided from hardware store. It is inspired from one of my personal experiences as an eighteen years old student in Tehran during a series of events when our dorm and the campus was attacked by security police in 1999 and 2000. However for me this work deals with the idea of the cycle of violence and power within a society. I think both power and violence are pre-made. They have always existed long before we could sense their being within our bodies and the body of society. They remain undetected unless a catastrophe casts light on them otherwise they stay in the shadows like a black paint on a black canvas.