Art And Culture

Art, Cultural Figures as Antibiotics

Art, Cultural Figures as AntibioticsArt, Cultural Figures as Antibiotics

Digital paintings and video art by siblings Bahareh and Banafsheh Farisabadi was on display at an exhibition titled ‘Antibeautyc’ at Dena Gallery (Dec. 25, 2015 to January 4).

The collection included 16 works, portraying eminent faces in art and literature in decorative atmosphere, presenting medical and scientific meanings of antibiotics in the sociological sense, Honaronline reported.

Prominent figures like English author Virginia Woolf, Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, Spanish-Mexican filmmaker Luis Bunuel and French playwright, novelist Jean-Paul Sartre were depicted in the works.

“The term ‘antibiotic’ consists of two segments, ‘anti’ and ‘biotic’ and the second one is wrongly pronounced by Iranians which reminds the word ‘beauty’ but it still carries the medical concept and has nothing to do with being ugly,” Bahareh said.

In their selection of characters, they considered people who behaved like an antibiotic in the society. As antibiotics inhibit the growth of or destroys microorganisms (bacterium, virus, or fungus), they have had great influence on many people through their works (books and films).

The selected figures, however possessing a high status in their profession, did not have a defined physical beauty. “As their thoughts function like antibiotics in the society, their face is not important. Nevertheless, as Iranians pronounce it, they can be referred to as ‘antibeautyc’ too,” Banafsheh said.

“People sometimes take antibiotics without proper prescription because they think they are well aware of the medicine, its use and side effects when in fact they do not. Similarly, people suppose they are familiar with many art and cultural figures but the fact is they have little knowledge of them. In the project, ‘antibeautyc’ is symbolically referred to people to whom one can take refuge from social infections, troubles and diseases,” Bahareh said.

The artists believe that creating works of art in all fields, namely cinema, literature, music, visual and philosophical, could be put into practice to obviate social ills.

A 10-minute video art was also prepared, displaying a collage of art faces, as a compliment component presenting the main ideas behind items along with the paintings.

Bahareh Farisabadi, 37, graduated in painting in 2003. He resume includes publishing a poetry collection ‘Snow Covered Violets’ and holding several group-painting exhibitions.

Banafsheh Farisabadi, 34, is a graduate in music in 2005.  Her ‘Several Minutes after Suicide’ poetry collection has been published. Translation of three novels and a joint multimedia project ‘This is a Rare Scene, Take a Photo of Me’, with her sibling are among her artistic work.