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22.3.10

Tehran to Montreal: the paintings of Amir Baradaran Rahmani

Authenticity is a key word here on Border Hopping. But what excites us even more is the blending of place and culture. Some may argue that the crossover of cultures and races will ultimately homogenize the human species and eliminate the majority of its mosaic-like richness; we, perhaps, are idealists, believing that the exchange of ideas can only lead to unanticipated wonders and progression.

Take, for example, Amir Baradaran. Born in Tehran, raised in Montreal, and now living in NYC, he uses a modernist approach to explore his familial culture's traditions. Inspired by ancient Persian poetry, his 2007 Poetic Quarrels does more than blend cultures; it overlaps time itself.

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[images © Amir Baradaran]

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