Hossien Valamanesh was born in Tehran, Iran before migrating to Australia in the 1970s.
'Breath' at Rose Issa Projects (28 May - 28 June) is Valamanesh's first solo show in London. This new exhibition shows the breadth of Valamanesh's work including bronze sculptural pieces, installations and works on paper.
Our summer feature is a dialogue with the artist about the context of his works in 'Breath' and an intimate discussion around his art practice.
"Anthropology and art history have been fascinatingly interwoven in a re-staged exhibition at the ICA, London, directed by Austrian-Australian artist and curator Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll. Re-performing ICA’s 1948 inaugural exhibition, ‘40,000 Years of Modern Art: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern’, she brought together London-based actress Joanna Christie, Russian dancer and choreographer Kirill Burlov, and a long-standing collaboration with Australian-Viennese composer Tamara Friebel as part of the ICA event 'On Language'.
Conversation with Michael Cook
Michael Cook revisits these representations in his seductive and enigmatic photographs, which draw the viewer into quiet contemplation on the past. Through light humour and beauty, Cook is able to present confronting and controversial aspects in Australia's colonial history. VAAus had an opportunity to meet with Cook whilst he was in London to discuss his latest exhibition, ‘Broken ‘Dreams’.