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NEW DELHI

Devi Art Foundation

Elephant in the Dark

SARA RAHBAR, Flag #202008, Mixed-media textile. 

Photo by Reha Sodhi. Courtesy Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.


A black-and-white cardboard figure of Gandhi, adorned with a bright orange flower garland, sits on a gaudy silver stage surrounded by archetypal Gandhian paraphernalia: a charkha (spinning wheel), dhoti (traditional Indian garment for men) and a pair of round spectacles. The mise-en-scène of this installation, replete with symbolic objects and kitsch characterization, is classic Khosrow Hassanzadeh, whose work often features satirical portrayals of Iranian wrestlers, pop stars…

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