image of installation by Mahmoud Mahromi, Shiva Sadegzadeh, and other artists courtesy of paradise site/nadalian
I am currently cultivating an ongoing dialogue with Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, an Iranian artist, distinguished professor of art in Tehran, and the founder and director of The Paradise International Art Center in Poloor, Iran. Dr. Nadalian was selected to exhibit his mixed media work in Iran's Pavilion at the 50th Venice Bienniale in 2003. He is currently heading up a year's worth of programming and artist residencies at Paradise International Art Center, to which I was recently invited as part of a residency competition for projects exploring environmental art works and intercultural gardening. According to Dr. Nadalian's website, the word 'paradeisos' in Greek, or 'paradise' in European languages, originally came from the Persian phrase "Avestan pairi-daeza", or garden. "According to Sufis, paradise is the manifestation of absolute beauty, and the inhabitants of paradise enter into every beautiful form that they conceive and desire. Moslem mystics simply interpreted paradise as being the good deeds of man." (Nadalian)
image courtesy of paradise site/nadalian
During the next year I will be collaborating with Dr. Nadalian, his students, and other international artists who were invited to create works under the shadow of Mount Damavand. It is our intention to explore the virtual and ritualistic practices associated with defining, propagating, and disseminating shared ideas about cultural and ecological harmony.
For more information on Dr. Ahmad Nadalian's work, go to: http://www.wwwebart.com/riverart/
His globally distributed, carved rock art is featured in the May - June edition of Utne Magazine
Above image courtesy of riverart site/nadalian