Golnaz Fathi returns to The Third Line gallery with a new body of work, Falling Leaves. Using the epic poem Shahnameh by Persian poet Ferdowsi as a point of departure, Fathi interprets the work through a contemporary lens that breathes new life into an ancient practice and story.
Her new work branches out from her usual language based approach, incorporating figurative elements as well, that were inspired from a lithographic illustration of The Shahnameh or Shah-nama (Book of Kings), a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 AD. This distinct departure from her original text based exploration demonstrates Fathi’s inner visual dialogue and interpretation of the poem. The artist relates to the book themes of futile wars as still relevant today in her native Iran, and in the Middle East in general – confirming the notion of history repeating itself.