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Afgan Artist Aatifi is presentend in this solo exhibition with a vibrant testimony from the rich culture of the islamic world combined with his vibrant contemporary art vision. On view, three dozen paintings and prints on large-scale alongside with art from the fourteen centuries islamic culture. The result is 1,250 years of art in dialogue.
Mysterious shapes and lines - this was how Aatifi first perceived letters as a child. Since then, the artist has worked closely with Islamic calligraphy, engaging with the form and essence of Arabic characters. Aatifi learned the most important styles of the classical art of calligraphy in the city of his birth, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even as a student of the art of calligraphy, he began to modify the characters. Over the years, he has refined and reduced elements of Islamic calligraphy, developing a unique visual language that is both independent of text and universally understandable.
Responding to scriptural traditions, Aatifi synthesizes elements of classical style and the rich quality of light and color found in the Middle East with modern art. He selects characters purely for their aesthetic and compositional aspects, and then fragments, rotates, and layers the lines and shapes to convey power and dynamism, depth and space.