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Artwork

Street art piece

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Standing Alone

Street Art Museum Amsterdam

Author:

Nafir

Artist Bio:

Nafir is a self-taught iranian artist born in Tehran whose works are influenced by traditional iranian art and culture. As he call him self vandal street artist his art focus on social problems of Iran and whole world. Nafir start tagging in 2008 on crowded walls of Iran to fight with censorship political and social problems. He found his moniker in an old school book of Molavi (Rumi) poetry, which literally translates as ‘scream’. His work often references traditional Iranian art such as eslimi and carpet weaving - combining two things that should not be together: one which is accepted and revered; the other forbidden.

In Iran, where Street Art is strictly illegal, Nafir is compelled to paint quickly and make strong statements about social and political problems in his country. Preparing and cutting stencils in his studio, he has mastered the skill of putting up his work in a matter of seconds. When painting abroad and with permission however, his artwork tends to be much more personal and expressive. His paintings can be found around the world in Iran, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Italy, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Turkey, India and Georgia

Place:

Immanuel Kanthof

Date:

2015

Technique:

Stencil

Material:

Electrical box

Acquisition:

Commission

Completed:

2015

Condition:

Good / Legible

Physical Description:

Small-scale stencil artwork in which a male figure is barely sketched, standing alone, his face obliterated by a cross. It closely follows the social stencil aesthetic started by Banksy and spread to Iran by other artists such as the duo Icy&Sot.

Iconography:

The work is an allegory to censorship and the annihilation of the individual and is similar to the urban movement of social criticism whose founder is Banksy.

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