Salsali Private Museum hosts Amir Hossein Zanjani exhibition in Dubai

Salsali Private Museum hosts Amir Hossein Zanjani exhibition in Dubai

Military command

Image: Amir Hossein Zanjani at Salsali Private Museum

Dubai’s Salsali Private Museum (SPM) unveils a solo exhibition by Iranian artist Amir Hossein Zanjani, now on display until August 28

Rendered with the vivid and expressionistic brushstrokes that Amir Hossein Zanjani is known for, the works in his latest exhibition revolve around the philosophical and social idea of the submission to power.

Zanjani's canvases portray mass parades of people mobilized by the military — loyal soldiers marching in unison to the commands of an officer and semi-nude figures of soldiers obediently gathered together — all representations of human conflict and acceptance to a greater power. The show also presents a specially-commissioned installation consisting of 700 pieces depicting the faces of soldiers from all over the world.

The Iranian artist's portrayals give off piercing visions of the powerful persuasion of military force around the world from real-life events such as the German 3rd Reich and the dictatorship of North Korea.

"These unique works are the result of over 18 months of intellectual and critical discourses with Amir-Hossein over one of the key question in our life Submission in any form," says Ramin Salsali, the museum's founder. "Admiring Amir-Hossein's artistic skills, I am honoured to be exhibiting his works at Salsali Private Museum. The works serve as powerful statements with which to reflect upon the conflict that confronts us in our everyday lives, that of submission and fight for independence."

Whether it be that of massive destruction, a troupe of soldiers marching to the commands of an officer or the eye-opening semi-nude group that have encountered an unfortunate fate, Zanji still makes us believe that there is a happy ending to the story of submission by splashing vibrant colours on each canvas.  

Amir Hossein Zanjani's exhibition will be running until August 28 at Salsali Private Museum, Dubai