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Reza Aramesh, Action 136: Put this in your record: I am Present!, 2014, three-channel 35-mm slide projection, color, silent.

Reza Aramesh

Leila Heller Gallery | Dubai

Reza Aramesh, Action 136: Put this in your record: I am Present!, 2014, three-channel 35-mm slide projection, color, silent.

Although Reza Aramesh draws on an extensive archive of media images of wartime atrocities for representations of male bodies in moments of pain, suffering, and forced submission, his performances, large-scale black-and-white photographs, and, most recently, sculptures (all of which he refers to as “actions”) are never strictly mimetic. The London-based Iranian artist extracts victims’ poses, gestures, and expressions from documentary images and then enlists amateurs—young, fit, and dressed in everyday street wear—to reenact them. These reenactments, carefully choreographed tableaux that include numerous actors and poses derived from multiple sources and are staged in stately mansions and art-filled museums—induce an extreme tension between abjection and opulence, fact and artifice. The polychrome limewood sculptures, which isolate single figures, achieve a similar

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