(b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran; works and lives in New York, New York)
Composition with Lion and Griffin, 2020. Collaged paper and pencil on linen. Courtesy of the artist
My collage considers the importance of photography and design in the representation of Iranian museum objects in art history publications. The work reveals how the formal elements of display and design influence the way we see and interpret an object or image. I am interested in the complex experience of the diasporic museum visitor—filled with cultural nostalgia, gazing at their long-lost glorious past in an encyclopedic museum built through a fraught colonial history.
Kamrooz Aram is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.