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Hossein Valamanesh

A Life In-Between

by Sheyma Buali

Portrait of Hossein Valamanesh. Photo by M. Kluvanek. 

Courtesy the artist, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide; Rose Issa Projects, London; 

Grey Noise, Dubai, and Karen Woodbury, Melbourne.

A deceptively fragile-looking wall sculpture, Breath (2013) appears to be a carefully composed assortment of twigs, arranged to resemble the shape of human lungs. In actuality, this is a bronze cast of branches from the artist's own garden that have been assembled into this precise composition. Its thin interstices create a striking juxtaposition of visual frailty and material strength that…

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