Rebecca Anne Proctor

The sculpture is impossible to miss.

At this year’s edition of Art Dubai, right at the front entrance to the booth of the Tehran-based gallery Dastan’s Basement, there is a work by Mohammad Hossein Gholamzadeh titled Farewell to Proserpina (2019). It depicts a man grasping a large orange weight, and is inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 16th-century sculpture Rape of Proserpina.

“He’s trying with all his might to hold this heavy load—a bit like our situation now,” the owner of Dastan’s Basement, Hormoz Hematian, told artnet News. “This work is indicative of the rough terrain that we are in—of Iran and the wider region.” …Read More

Image: Mohammad Hossein Gholamzadeh’s Farewell to Proserpina (2019) at Dastan’s Basement’s booth at Art Dubai 2019. Courtesy of Photo Solutions.