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Artwork

Street Art piece

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Freedom

Street Art Museum Amsterdam

Author:

ICY&SOT

Artist Bio:

Icy born 1985 and Sot 1991 are artists from Tabriz Iran currently residing in Brooklyn N.Y. the two brothers starting doing stencils in 2006, they have been contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their murals interventions, video + installations that depicting human rights, capitalism ecological justice, social and political issues . Their work appears on walls and galleries throughout Iran and globally. Through their artworks they envision a world free from borders, war and violence.
The fact that the young Iranian brothers Icy (34) and Sot (29) are called the 'Banksy of Iran' is not without reason. In their own country, their work is not only considered controversial, it is even banned. Nevertheless, the work of these street artists holds up a mirror to current Iranian society. With their work Icy and Sot offer an idiosyncratic view on themes such as oppression, fame, freedom, war and dreams.

Place:

Westside de Vlugltlaan

Date:

2014

Technique:

Stencil

Material:

Wall

Acquisition:

Commission

Completed:

2014

Condition:

Gone / Illegible

Physical Description:

The work is created using the stencil technique of which the duo are among the leading exponents in the Middle East, to the point of being known as the "Banksy of Iran". The portrait is represented in three-quarter view, the face is cold and sober and all the attention is focused on the power of the woman's gaze. The branches of the hair and the birds are represented in black, like silhouettes, to highlight the volumetric fullness of the portrait in the foreground. The use of colour is limited to particular elements such as the woman's lips, the blue background and the pale skin.

Iconography:

The work depicts a female face whose hairstyle is made up of branches on which rest a number of birds ready to fly. It is a great allegory on freedom, both individual and collective.

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