UNTIL THE LIONS HAVE THEIR OWN HISTORIANS, THE HISTORY OF THE HUNT WILL ALWAYS GLORIFY THE HUNTER

9 - 30 Nov 2019

SMITH Studio,

Cape Town

Collaborative video work included in a solo show by Sepideh Mehraban

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Sepideh Mehraban’s collection, her first solo show in Cape Town, featured eight works of mixed media on found carpets and drew its name from a famous line in Chinua Achebe’s seminal work Things Fall Apart.

In this series, Mehraban focused on recent Iranian history, exploring it through text, figurative works and abstraction, often drawing on the grid format of newspaper as a source of inspiration.

Included in the show was a video piece made in collaboration with studio mate Kathy Robins which delved into issues of environmental, land and socio-political significance in post-apartheid South Africa and post-revolutionary Iran. The artists drew from Persian paintings, hunting scenes from ancient manuscripts and from their own personal histories to narrate the contemporary issues of both Iran and South Africa and stage an animated parody on propaganda and censorship.

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