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60cm x 79cm
Mixed Media

Curator's Eye

Effortlessly blending the vivid colours of pop art with the lyrical design of Iranian calligraphy, Hosna Karnama merges the ancient with the contemporary in her practice. Exploring the vast contrasts between traditions and modern life in Iran, Karnama reinterprets American cartoon figures such as Mickey Mouse by giving him a gun. This is perhaps a commentary on the dangerous excesses of Western consumerism, but the inclusion of the calligraphy highlights the inseparable influence of this commerciality across the Islamic world. Karnama tackles this complex duality head on in these vibrant and thought-provoking works.

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Inspired by hazy mental images - will never be expressed in words.