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Fariborz Farid-Afshin

Drawing as a way to translate the reality

Drawing as a way to translate the reality
I understand the world through drawing.  For me, drawing is a language.  My drawings look so shorthanded and simply done.  Although it is not! I hide under this shorthanded quality.  I make the art work through making relations between what the audience sees and what he reads.  On one hand it is related to the society and on the other hand on the abilities of people.  In fact, a sort of compression is involved.  I reduce a film to a single narrated close up.  At this stage, it is also a social-political activity.  Through my drawing I express my views on society.
Reading a written piece can be shaped by details and following it, line by line.  Therefore it can be said that understanding a text is step by step.  In fact the step by step way of understanding something is an issue I try to emphasize on in my works by choosing the medium and its presentation technique.  To put a visual stress on that, I film the drawings and lead the viewer of the artwork through the details to the whole composition.  So, it is a step by step procedure of understanding a composition through the details, not different pictures to support one idea.  If a movable object has been summarized in one single drawing it can be described and looked at from different angles.  These are the details and the explanation of a concept that makes it.  Also if a concept has been shortened in one word there is always a time to be taken to describe what it means.  A word makes a reference to what we already know about through its learnt/taught definition, so does a drawing.  In a drawing, the details (lines) guide the audience to the whole image.  I use the simplest mediums to make drawings.  I use an ordinary piece of paper and a marker or brush and ink.  Specially using a marker to make drawings is visually so identical to writing, while everyday writing looks similar to the effect of marker on paper.
Introducation to the intervention in the public space
One of the very basic and visible activities in the public space is greeting.  I see the social-public activities as the ready-mades.  These ready-mades or found-objects not only present the customs, but also the personal characters, people expectations, sense of trust, and public understanding of art.  I decided to use handshaking as an activity in relation to my artistic practice which is related to the peaceful life and sports.  One of the characteristics of a fair play is that components shake hands at first to say and show that they are going to play peacefully and fair.  It is the point in common with the people‚Äôs communication as well.  We individuals of a society, shake hands with the friends or the new people we meet. Bank employers shake hand with the customers to show them honesty and friendliness enough to keep their money.  I my intervention, I shook hand with 100 people at Hoogcatherine, in Utrecht.  In this project curated by Mika Hanula, I tried to explore the openness and welcoming of people, repletion of a daily activity, the functions and potentials of a social-readymade... I chose hand shaking as a banal and ephemeral daily activity that contains a lot in it.  Few seconds that hold much about friendship, trust or formality.
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