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Amir H. Fallah, "The Ballot or the Bullet," 2022

Amir H. Fallah: War on Wars

Opening February 15, Shulamit Nazarian debuts new sculptures and paintings by the Los Angeles-based artist Amir H. Fallah in a powerful exhibition, “War on Wars,” that speaks to identity and the immigrant experience. For the artist’s third solo show with the gallery, Fallah reflects on his childhood in Iran during the time of the Iran-Iraq war. In vibrant, geometric works that evoke emotional memory, the artist attests to the momentous effects of the geo-political landscape on mind, body, and soul. Within the exhibition are two ongoing series: “Veiled Portraits,” which reimagines classic portraiture with symbolic subjects, and “Vignette Paintings,” where images serve as narratives of personal wisdom and cautionary tales. Emerging from the work is a series of abstract, hand-painted, aluminum sculptures—figures open to interpretation and free of oppression. As an ongoing mission, Fallah supports human rights in Iran with a concurrent exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA titled “The Fallacy of Borders, as well as the public project, “CHANT.”

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