ASSIA News Tehran  REVOLUTION Tehran pop up. Feb 11th 2020.

Translated excerpts from Farsi. 

Revolution is an original title? Yes it is. It is one scene, one single scene amongst the many scenes of the 1979 revolution. You were not in Iran at that time.

What inspired you for these scenes? I have been living for many, many years abroad. A vast segment of my work derives from reminiscences, memories. Perhaps subconsciously I needed to forge in my mind what I was, what we were, who we are.

Is the painting linked to your family ? I had always wanted to paint the revolution. The story of this painting starts with a picture, a photo in a case that I inherited from my grandfather. A page from a Tehran weekly magazine published in 1979 one week before the departure of the Shah from Iran. It was a magazine report about the revolution events including a photo, a single photo with the name of the photographer at the bottom, Abbas Attar. A photo scene ? Armed Soldiers in front of protestors and people lying face down on the ground : it was an incredible scene. I called model-writer friend Niloufar Abri in Paris who had been close to Abbas Attar. She gave me his phone, I called him and we arranged for a meeting in Paris.

This meeting must have had a great effect on your painting of the revolution? Even though I had completed most of the painting before the meeting, some of the details Abbas Attar gave me inspired final touches. At the end of the meeting he asked me to send him a copy of my painting.

Did you send him ?

I gave him a signed copy of the incomplete one, which I had on me during the meeting.

And the completed copy ? That was my last talk with Abbas Attar. Unfortunately, he passed away a few days after that meeting. I used his image as a base for my 444cm painting and you can notice it if you look well. I pay homage and salute Abbas Attar with respect, a great artist.

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FDM Magazine, December 2019

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Everything in Salucci House seemed light enough to levitate and the pieces by Firouz, stood out. Persian-born artist Firouz Farman Farmaian, whose lifetime of living in exile in Paris, France profoundly influenced both his creative practice and individual character, “It is circumstance that ultimately shapes lives,” says the artist, whose work seeks to actively engage in a dialogue with the past. As such, his compositions possess a vivacious and spontaneous energy, as well as a deeply symbolic quality, which speaks to a multiplicity of currents in politics, art and philosophy, images to communicate a spirituality.

GIBRALTAR CHRONICLE May 2018

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Financial Tribune - Nov 2016

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Exchange With Artscoops Magazine's Myriam Dunn - Oct 2016

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Q&A With Kayhan London - Oct 2016

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Q&A With Lisa Pollman - Aug 2016

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Artabazos Magazine - March 2015

Feature in Golan Rouzkhosh's Artabazos Magazine, Paris.

 

Exchange with Le Monde Columnist Sandra Franrenet

 In view of  FarmanFarmaian's  RETROPROJECTION Marrakech Museum Exhibit - March 2016.

Interview with Iranian Journalist Mohammad Reza Shahid

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Q&A With French Touch Magazine, Paris - 2014

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An Appreciation by British Art Critic Robin Dutt - April 2013

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