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Tracing the Shadow - Hossein Valamanesh Recent Works

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Published Tuesday, 29 January 2002

This exhibition presents a collection of key works spanning the past decade of the Hossein's career.
Level 4 Galleries at the MCA, FREE Friday 15 February - Sunday 28 April 2002.


Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh Recent Works opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday 15 February 2002. As part of this exhibition Valamanesh will recreate his 1981 installation Earth work on the Circular Quay exterior forecourt of the MCA.

Valamanesh is best known for his use of natural materials - branches, flames, leaves, sand, mud, seeds, and earth. Over the past three decades Valamanesh has explored issues of cultural identity, history, memory and the relationship between humanity and the natural world. His work often draws on the poets and storytellers of his Iranian heritage, invoking the ancient world of Sufi poetry, the mystical whirling dervishes and the magical mythology of Persian carpets.

Born in Teheran, Iran in 1949 he graduated from the prestigious Tehran School of Fine Art in 1970. In 1973, during an intense period of modernisation, westernisation and public unrest he emigrated to Australia.

Upon arriving in Australia Valamanesh spent time with a group of artists and musicians visiting several Aboriginal communities, where he first experienced the rich cultural and spiritual connections to the land evident in Aboriginal art. Valamanesh soon moved to Adelaide to study at the South Australian School of Art - one of the most progressive art institutions at the time.

Works by Valamanesh are held in collections throughout Australia, including the Nationally Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia - which recently presented a survey exhibition of the artist's career - the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Australia.

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