Hamzianpour & Kia presents A Lively Spring Garden, a solo show by Tehran-based artist Soudeh Davoud. An opening art party was held on September 9, 2023. The exhibition has been extended through October 7, 2023.

Hamzianpour & Kia Soudeh Davoud

A Lively Spring Garden consists of eight works in oil on canvas (six in color and two B/W) and three additional works on paper, all created specifically for this show. This is Davoud’s second U.S. solo exhibition (her first debuted last year also at our gallery); it takes off where the previous show le off and moves in fresh directions.

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The show takes its title from a verse in the epic poem Shahnameh (Book of Kings). This verse appears in a chapter that compares the mytho-historical land of Iran to a flourishing spring garden. It issues a warning about dire consequences if the land isn’t fiercely protected. The title’s provenance speaks to the multitude of themes that have inspired and are present in the current works – Davoud draws on both the history and the mythology of Iran to delineate the reality she observes around her, as well as her feelings about this reality.

Consequently they loom as larger-than-life and larger than any one specific meaning. As such, rather than simply signifying themselves, these personages begin to take on symbolic significance – like characters in mythology. Elevated to archetypal status, they can represent themes that are both universal and personally important to Davoud – the same themes that are also ever-present in the mythology of Iran as well as other cultures.

Hamzianpour & Kia 

Hamzianpour & Kia, a Los Angeles-based gallery, actively supports emerging and mid-career artists. Its focus centers on the Middle East and the Iranian diaspora. The gallery regularly presents the debut US exhibitions of internationally recognized artists. Additionally the artists are from other countries and cultures underrepresented in dominant contemporary art spheres.

With a focus on multidisciplinary artists working in a variety of media, the program also fosters international discourse directed toward a Los Angeles audience. Exhibiting artists frequently present new work made exhibition-specific with these contexts and audiences in mind.

Hamzianpour & Kia opened in 2022 by Narges Hamzianpour and Farid Kia. The duo has over fifteen years of professional experience working in galleries and institutions across Dubai, Tehran, New York, and Los Angeles. Hamzianpour & Kia is located in the iconic art deco building on the Northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

On view: September 9, 2023 – October 7, 2023

What: A Lively Spring Garden, Soudeh Davoud
Where: Hamzianpour & Kia Gallery, 5225 Wilshire Blvd #212, LA, 90036
When: Running through October 7, 2023
Website: https://www.hamzianpourandkia.com

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