Art And Culture

2000 Visitors Create ‘Artwork of Peace’

2000 Visitors Create ‘Artwork of Peace’2000 Visitors Create ‘Artwork of Peace’

An artwork titled ‘Hachure’ organized by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour, acclaimed Iranian caricaturist, was displayed at the third Grand Festival of Art for Peace (September 11 to 21) held at Niavaran Cultural Center.

The item was inspired by the number-puzzles in children’s magazines and completed by visitors, each drawing a line and connecting the numbers on the canvas, Honaronline reported.

“About 2000 dots were connected and hachured the canvas, creating a public art symbolizing people’s union and peace,” said Hosseinpour.

“My mind was sparked by the idea and I thought the resulting artwork could belong to the public, the real creators.” He dedicated ‘Hachure’ to the war-stricken children.

He said his recent works are related to the social plight of youngsters, because “I closely interact with the youth and understand how they feel. I’d like to give them solace.”

Over 150 Iranian artists participated in the program, delivering the message of building and sustaining peace through a series of inspiring art addressing people of all age groups.

Veteran artists in different genres displayed their artworks. In addition to Hosseinpour, Fereidoun Ave, sculpture, Parviz Tanavoli, painter and sculptor, Mohammad Ahsaei, calligraphist and graphist, Abbas Kiarostami, film director, Reza Kianian, cinema actor, Nasser Taghvai, film director, Ali Shirazi, calligraphist and Behnam Kamrani, painter were present.

The event was sponsored by a number of Iranian artists, Rahnama Graphic Group, Mojdeh, Vista and Shirin art galleries, Mahak Charity, Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation.

Hosseinpour, 39, has worked as caricaturist since 1990 for Persian-language ‘Golagha,’ ‘Sorush-e-Nojavan,’ ‘Roshd-e-Nojavan’ ‘Kayhan Caricature’ and ‘Chelcheragh’ magazines, and ‘Zan’, ‘Norouz’, ‘Aftabgardan’ and ‘Eghbal’ newspapers.

He has won several awards including the 3rd prize at the ‘Dialogue of civilizations international cartoon exhibition in Iran’ (2003), the 2nd prize at the Urban Press Exhibition (2006), the best animated short film in the Urban Satirical Exhibition (2006) and the 1st prize at the International Cartoon Biennial of Tehran in the portrait section (2007).