DUBAI |  Etemad Gallery Dubai starts the fall season with a selection of new works by Iranian photographer Arman Stepanian. The exhibition opens on September 10, 2012 at 7pm and is part of Alserkal Art Nights, a mass opening of all the galleries located at Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 in Dubai.

Etemad Gallery Dubai’s showcase of the work of Arman Stepanian is entitled “Collage Tales.” The exhibition continues through October 4, 2012.

Arman Stepanian, "Untitled," from Negar Chagall series, 2012, Digital Photography, 120 x 80 cm | Courtesy of Etemad Gallery Dubai
Arman Stepanian, “Untitled,” from Negar Chagall series, 2012, Digital Photography, 120 x 80 cm | Courtesy of Etemad Gallery Dubai

“Collage Tales” invokes the tradition of story telling by using photographic images to tell stories of past and present. Stepanian has used this method as a means of presenting visual narrative for several years. The Iranian photographer skillfully assembles imagery into a symbolic narrative that has familiar components of Iranian people and the country’s landscape through history.

In this new series, Stepanian incorporates black and white as well as colourful symbols of people, animals and landscapes super-imposed onto a somewhat staged studio setting. Inspired by Modernist painting tradition of the use of “the muse,” Stepanian introduces various male and female sitters to his visual narrative which also incorporates the use of props.

For his solo presentation at Etemad Gallery Dubai, the artist presents eleven large format collage photographs whose subject matter are in his signatory fragmented narrative style.

Arman Stepanian was born Iran in 1965 and currently lives and works in his homeland. He studied at Tehran University and has had solo exhibitions extensively in his country. Group exhibitions of Stepanian’s works have been shown internationally in Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Houston, New York and Paris.

Etemad Gallery Dubai
Arman Stepanian
“Collage Tales”
Private View September 10, 2012, 7 to 9 pm
The exhibition continues through October 4, 2012

Arman Stepanian, Untitled, 2012,120x80 cm, Mixed media collage and photography | Courtesy of Etemad Dubai
Arman Stepanian, Untitled, 2012,120×80 cm, Mixed media collage and photography | Courtesy of Etemad Dubai

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