Kiarash Zangeneh explores identity dynamics as patterns, materials coalescing and conflicting. The figures in his work reveal the grit in creating home in unfamiliar environments, a theme not unfamiliar to the Iranian-born artist, having fled home at the age of 25. After spending seventeen months in Istanbul in order to obtain his status as a refugee, Zangeneh settled in Melbourne, Australia. From there, he continued his involvements to be part of the restoration of democracy in Iran while forging his new life as a queer artist working in multidisciplinary fields. His work comes as a product of his pursuit in merging the aspects of his heritage with his newfound liberation, inviting collusion to contrast. Stark environments and textures shroud bodies in a comforting solitude which rings true in queer communities everywhere.
“The emerging generation will save the world and we as queer artists have a responsibility to accelerate the arousal of this paradigm”.
Melbourne - May 2019