Curated by Ludovica Bulciolu
In collaboration with Harlesden High Street Gallery
Opening 6 May 2022 - 19h to 21h
06 May 2022 - 29 May 2022
'To Self-Exile” is the second chapter of Amir Dehghan ongoing research, attempting to bridge the gap between his study of Iranian authoritarian violence and the effects self-exile is having on his identity. In 1999, Amir was 1 years old and his father got imprisoned, tortured, for setting up an anti-regime society in Shiraz. Together with both his parents, on the day of his second birthday he fled Iran and landed in Singapore. There, someone forged for them fake Spanish passports and under the name of Rico, Amir arrived to the UK.
Growing up as an Iranian child in Britain with a Spanish passport and a fake identity, then eventually becoming a British citizen while reclaiming an old but new name, meant a few back and forth between countries, families, lands and many many papers. Years of listening to stories of violence, censorship and state brutality as well as stories of love, food and nostalgia, brought together a puzzle of memories and some mixed feelings. Since the artist visit to Shiraz in 2018, where he could personally witness state oppression and violence during a street protest, he decided to use art to address political realities that he couldn’t talk about in his mother country.
After passing by being formally Spanish for a little, while in fact never putting a feet in Spain, this week Amir finally made his way to the country for the first time, to show his work.
This exhibition is hosted by plataforma2 and supported by Harlesden High Street, where last February the artist shown ‘To protest’, the first part of his research and first solo show in London, UK.