|accrochage «Struggle(s)» april - june 2012
Sadegh Tirafkan, born in 1965 in Iraq, from Iranian parents, lives and works in Teheran.
Tirafkan's work focuses on Iranian traditions and religious rituals, using his understanding of this culture to explore his own identity. Using photographs as a starting point, he then employs different techniques such as video installation and collage. His early pieces reflect the sadness and despair of the conflicts in his homeland: many resembled photographs of funeral processions — commentaries on the Iranian obsession with death and martyrdom as well as tributes to fallen comrades.
The significant presence of symbolism throughout Tirafkan’s body of work might come from his Persian root in which direct dialogue is rarely used, but frequently replaced by a symbolic language. In recent years, the artist has been focusing on the effects of an increased presence of Western sensibilities and influences on the youth of present-day Iran.