“As long as I can loopback it has been Enghelâb : thrown into Revolution as a child 43 years ago, it conditioned life choices - deep emotions that led explorations into memory, displacement, identity.
The panel project surfaced as I researched family documents and put my hands on an original Newsweek copy from January 1979. The main story ran a reportage on the ongoing street violence with photographs by Magnum war photographer Abbas. A specific yellowed double-paged image stuck and I went to transform into a 444cm work an canvas. I met Abbas in Paris in April 2018 to show him the work. He sadly passed away a week later - on April 27th.
The Revolution Panel was primarily confidentially ( and controversially ) unveiled in Tehran’s Villa Sufia Artspace on the Revolutions 40th birthday in February 2019 , announcing what was to erupt. The piece objectively expresses the fearless energies behind forces of change, but also points towards that transformative original crossroad that changed my life."