No Hands, No Feet: Power in the Art Vision of Bahman Mohasses


As one of the most famous contemporary Persian sculptors, two subjects are important in the work of Bahman Mohasses: the physical aspect and the treatment of the object based on the growth, decay, and dissolution of the body, as well as the power of isolation or loneliness. In the works of Mohassess, the issue of authority in terms of power and preservation, overcoming others and domination of peripheral conditions is posed. This dominance ultimately leads to isolation and staying alone. People are great, with huge muscles and physics are complex but at the same time they are empty from the inside. In appearance, we have a terrible authority, and this apparent character, seen in humans, birds and fish, lacks real power. They can only impose themselves and the audience. This unscrupulous power is both frightening for the audience and for the person, like a gun. Investigation of the evolution of his life shows that the main reason for the attitude to the phenomenon of power is to face this concept from a young age. He takes the lead in defying the power of government and the power of public opinion. But it has not benefited from it, so it is walking with disappointment towards its opposite. There is no achievement there, and so they are both worried. Therefore, his works have a colorful sociological attitude. This power is manifested in various forms in the work of the Mohasses: in the context of gender, conflict and opposition, confrontation, isolation and re-integration.

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Parnaz Goodarzparvari, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Francisco Carlos Bueno Camejo, University of Valencia, Spain
Miguel Molina Alarcon, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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Conference: ACAH2020
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism

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