The Burnt City Mirror

80x90 cm

brand : Mahnaz Karimi


In this new series of artworks, the artist deftly renders Sistani fabrics with a mixture of resin and mirror paying homage to traditional arts of her ancestors and taking them into the world of modern art. The fabric used in this artwork has motifs, colors and patterns of Sistani carpets which were obtained from the ruins of Shahr-e-Sookhte (The Burnt City).
Shahr-e-Sookhte was once one of the largest communities in Iran and it experienced four stages of civilization. Traditional Sistani textiles are not something that is usually associated with modern art, but she has managed to merge the worlds of classical and contemporary art in a way that creates ties to the past and present. The artist's main concern is the revival of traditional heritages like Sistani fabrics as she believes the traditional world is melting away and is becoming almost unrecognizable in the modern world.