The Untitled Tomb

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The Untitled Tomb

Edition: 3/3
Tehran, Iran, Iranian, 2012
Sculpture
Iron
a) Top: 26 1/2 × 24 × 2 1/2 in. (67.31 × 60.96 × 6.35 cm) b) Bottom: 27 × 23 3/4 × 2 1/2 in. (68.58 × 60.33 × 6.35 cm) a-b) Overall: 53 1/8 × 23 13/16 × 2 1/2 in. (135 × 60.5 × 6.35 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY (M.2014.27a-b)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Based in Tehran, where he was born, Barbad Golshiri is part of a new generation of artists whose work responds directly to the constraints imposed by the politics and ideology of the Iranian governmen...
Based in Tehran, where he was born, Barbad Golshiri is part of a new generation of artists whose work responds directly to the constraints imposed by the politics and ideology of the Iranian government. "The Untitled Tomb" was a focal point of Golshiri’s second one-man show at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, September-October, 2013, which was presented as a kind of sculptural cemetery memorializing martyrs to Iran’s ruling regime. "Untitled Tomb" bears a text, in a font and format resembling a death notice in a newspaper, commemorating a political dissident, who was denied an actual tombstone; instead, this work was intended to function as a stencil, its text, when activated by charcoal dust, temporarily acknowledges one man’s ultimate sacrifice as a means of bringing comfort to his family. The Persian epitaph reads: "Here Mim Kaf Alif (literally, his initials, M. K. A.) does not rest. He is dead. Layer beneath layer dead. Depth beyond depth. Each time deeper. Each death deeper. Stone upon stone. Each stone deeper. Each stone a death. Mim Kaf Mim Alif has no stone. Has never had. No trace of it. Never in all deaths. December came and Mim Kaf Mim Alif was no longer [there]. Is not."

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