DrAziz Anzabi

Bio: From politics to poetics Biography from politics to poetics between tradition and modernity: tapping into memorial exploration to nourish collective consciousnes. By placing interiority and personal experience at the service of political awareness, Aziz Anzabi relentlessly questions the means we have to rethink the world in order to relieve sentiments of suffering. Experiencing Iran / Iraq War at an early age, Aziz Anzabi's encounters with iconic figures of Iranian contemporary art such as Bahman Moasses or modern poet Sohrab Sepehri radically impacted his vision Embodying concepts of exile and oppression, Aziz Anzabi explores novel paths into the idea of ​​free speech, shaping psychic surrealisms to awaken consciences to the violence of our over - standardized world. "I want to mix tradition into contemporary art because I think that Qajar art is the only style that is solely Iranian, with its own unique framework and techniques" Navigating abstraction and figuration his works evokes a symbolic grammar, both biographical and collective. Anzabi's fantasized landscapes - his moving humans, his uncertain and distorted forms are so personal that they become universal. They are in no way free from technology, quite the contrary: they would not exist without it. By borrowing from the ancestral Qajar tradition, Aziz Anzabi becomes both craftsman and alchemist. This clever mix of technical requirements tinked to an approach of memory nourished by loss, gives life to powerful works: unconscious testimonies, timeless sequences questioning our immediate future. Aziz Anzabi is a fully committed lucid embodiment of a new form of violent poetic activism.

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Anzabi's new project called the vulnerable series is about women and their roles in life and their effect on war. The decaying flower in the middle is a symbol of a life destroyed by war. The women is a symbol for fertility, which emphasises how women are vulnerable in war and even more at risk of being affected by war. The soldiers are confused as to why they are in this war with the people they are against as they know the war in reality is not between the people ,but between authority figures. This is presented through the head of the soldier which has exploded.

Lost time

Aziz Anzabi created "I was judged" to show that people make judgements about others without really knowing who they are. The scene is quite horrifying as the woman in the middle has no face giving her no identity. Her face is marbled and therefore she is stone like. To me this is so tragic because it shows that people are judged by everything they do, wear and are, that they forget how to show emotions or reactions to the way people/society judges them. What amazes me is that her hands are very realistic which is unexpected comparing it to her face, which is a sign that she is humane.

I was Judged

In this painting Aziz has tried to show the emotional feelings between men and women. The happiness inside some men's hearts depends on some women. When a drawer of a man's heart is open you can understand his feelings. In this painting the artist has tried to show that without woman there is not man and without man there is no woman.

The unknown world

This painting created by Aziz Anzabi gives the viewer a sense of hope and fulfilling. The people that are walking towards the cube are a symbol of people from Syria and all around the world where the people immigrate by force or to escape the violent life they had in their own country because of war. Their shadows are formed into beautiful flowers which to me is very symbolic as it shows that these people have hope for life even through all of the things they have been through. However what stuns me is the rhino in the back which is running towards them.

Journey to hope

In this painting Aziz has tried to show immigration problem of people from war for a better life. This work is inspired from the flow of refugees from Syria to Europe. The big black cube is a representation of the dangers the refugees face, especially those who migrate illegally to have better lives. The key is a symbolism for the better future the immigrants are running towards, unfortunately though the journey is made apparently difficult through it being guarded by a person in authority.

Immigration

I have used Qajar art marriage with Surrealism to show social problems
In this painting I tried to show that war ruins peace.

My dear peace

Aziz Anzabi has tried to highlight the poignancy and hardship in migration, revealing that for most refugees migration for a better life is just a dream. They have to keep changing from one situation to another. Authority figures are not affected by war but rather it is the people who are the victims of war.

Hallucination

This is a series of sculptures which has been influenced by the animation character as a symbol of saving the environment and Aziz's goal has been to show how nature is being destroyed and if we continue in this way it wouldn't be left for future generations. The rhino despite its strength is demonstrated as helpless.

Human in auction 3

In his series "Don't Judge me" Anzabi aims to criticize unnecessary judgement in society, that is made based on someone's appearance or lifestyle. Through using such Dali, an important figurehead in the surrealist movement, Anzabi ultimately demonstrates that no one is free from judgement. There have been many rumours based around Dali, ranging from his sexuality to his state of mental health. However, these are all just possibilities, deemed by people without facts.

Fatality of judgment

This painting is miraculously alluring to the eyes. The featureless lady in the middle is eccentric and haunts your eyes every time you stare at it. It obvious that Aziz has tried to indicate/ open up a passage to the thoughts of the audience through his engraved symbol: below the women's chest. Aziz has passed down Persian symbols for a long time on his obscuring ,detailed paintings, which to me now thinking about it feels like he is not just trying to create a new style of his own but again trying to open the eyes of the audience to the art world with his paintings full of clandestine tales

Don't judge her by her cover

traditional Iranian style to illustrate how conflict has always been present throughout history about resources ,it would be assumed that by now people would be civilised and be able to work together. However, Aziz Anzabi implies that the future conflict about water is a cause of human selfishness, abuse to the environment causing global warming .

Water,Life,War

Part of his series "insignificant", Above water level ultimately conveys that with the king's happiness and exercise of power, some must suffer. The champagne glasses symbolize celebration and joy, yet despite this the king is haunted by his cruel actions, depicted through the blood that inks the glass. The spreading of the ink in the liquid highlights that the unjust abuse of power by the king has a domino effect, not only on the lives of the people affected but also those who are indirectly affected. Ultimately the king inflicts more suffering to reinforce his power and enjoy his authority,

Above water level 2

This surrealist sculpture represents that people cannot just be seen in 2D way, but rather that they have multiple layers to them. Through this Aziz criticises judgement and stereotypes people make based on someone’s physical appearance.

inside of me 1

The painting déjà vu created by Aziz Anzabi is part of the vulnerable series which explains war and its effects. The near dried flower shows how the war affects people and the destruction it brings. The dark colours used in the painting all reflect how war destroys and hurts people whether they are directly fighting or not .The women are a symbol of resistance and supporting of life but also can be easily hurt as they are vulnerable. The tired soldiers can reflect the uselessness of war and how it brings nothing but tiredness, destruction, hatred and death.

déjà vu

This surrealist sculpture represents that people cannot just be seen in 2D way, but rather that they have multiple layers to them. Through this Aziz criticises judgement and stereotypes people make based on someone’s physical appearance.

Inside of me 2

Based on the death of Aziz's mother in a care home. This surrealist painting clearly expresses the pain and suffering she went through in the care home. The Qajar women is a symbolism of his mother's youth and the dead, dried fish is a symbol of the effects of old age. Furthermore, the frame around the scene highlights the limited lives and freedoms, elders are restricted to in care homes

Care home

This painting represents the real meaning of war. War doesn't have a winning side and both sides at war are losers because both sides inflict pain and sorrow to their citizens and death of people. The main reason for war is leaders within that country not normal people because they want to keep their power and are willing to do anything to keep their power and believe that everything they say is right.

Destruction of humanity

There is a isolated man in the middle of the canvas, The artist has used a surrealism style creating different effects e.g. the paint has flawlessly moved from a light brown to a darker shade creating a 3d effect on the cubes that support the man's body. What really catches my eyes though is the piece of paper clinging to the man's face, shielding his eyes and nose like someone is trying to keep the man away from seeing the world. The interesting fact is that the paper is crumbled as if it has no meaning and is not plain but has a little Iranian symbol of a  women .

Up in heaven

"Covid-19 orbit" encapsulates the situation caused by the current pandemic. The pendulum symbolises the effects of the virus on humanity and the world. The virus causes a momentum in the healing of the Earth, demonstrated through the decline in pollution but in turn results in the damage of a healthy lung and eventually leads to death. Despite the façade that the momentum of the pendulum is never ending, it does eventually halt which is symbolically significant in demonstrating that people need to maintain hope and that this pandemic would eventually end. Through this minuscule symbolism

covid_19 orbit

In his series "Don't Judge me"
He use surralism stayle Anzabi aims to criticize unnecessary judgement in society, that is made based on someone's appearance or lifestyle. Through using such Dali, an important figurehead in the surrealist movement, Anzabi ultimately demonstrates that no one is free from judgement. Overall Anzabi highlights how judgement obscures reality and is dangerous in society as it leads to misconceptions and biases towards individuals, made without knowledge.

A world within me

Part of his series "insignificant", Above water level ultimately conveys that with the king's happiness and exercise of power, some must suffer. The champagne glasses symbolize celebration and joy, yet despite this the king is haunted by his cruel actions, depicted through the blood that inks the glass. The spreading of the ink in the liquid highlights that the unjust abuse of power by the king has a domino effect, not only on the lives of the people affected but also those who are indirectly affected. Ultimately the king inflicts more suffering to reinforce his power and enjoy his authority,

Above water level 1