The central theme of the work of Avish Khebrehzadeh is the process of transformation of an individual and the resulting complex search for identity. The subjects of her drawings, still and animated, are hard to define: boys (or girls?) whose age and gender are unclear; animals of unrecognizable species; adults whose occupations are part of a fairy tale memory (animal tamers and sword swallowers) presented in bare scenes, such as a fountain, a little circus ring, a few trees or an expanse of water. Often the characters appear accompanied by a similar character, reflected in a pool, On other occasions, they change into different persons or animals, and come in and go out of the stories with grace and a slight air of sadness. These stories seem to be based on fairy tales but they are for adults, and they speak of miracles but also of the protection of loved ones, of hopes dashed by the neglect of men and of things, of loneliness and sorrow. The stories are simple and tell of simple things: the joy of a circus, the excitement of struggle, rest, as in Swimmers, Circus, Wrestlers, and Siesta (video animation 1999). Coaxing, hypnotic music accompanies the images, which sets the rhythm and the emotional temperature of the action.
Size: 25 x 18 cm
Extent: 135 pp