Afraz Entessari




Hands In the hand series, I travel within journey of human evolution with connotation to animism. From first made tools to cave paintings up to modern digital age, with technologically advanced gadgets. Considering hands as depicted and as symbol in different cultures and philosophy they are not just tools that we interact within world around but they are portals to deepest inner realms. They manifest our inner worlds to the world which surrounds us. It is connection point between animal, human and alien. Presentation of this series is greatly related to space and context of the show though it is more about action and presence rather than result. It says that ‘I am’. This series of work can acquire mediums from installation-painting, to performance and site-specific. Materials, colors and set in use says tales between life and death. Redness of blood, pain, suffering and flow of life. Ash speaks of death and nurture and ancestors. In modern era, especially in internet/digital age human societies are struggling with ideas of privacy, anonymity and identity. Being anonymous is safety and at same time could be curse. Works which depicts finger prints is a trip between our mental, human and animal identity. They confront personality with identity. And brute fact of being coded by nature with such a delicacy and unique. Though individuality in cosmic measure is out of context but seems nature greatly emphasize individuality. Materials used in addition to those mentioned above, like gold and copper, soil and water are mainly two categories, essentials of life and essentials of technology.