Art

Fractured fantasies: Nicky Nodjoumi

03 July 2018Arsalan Mohammad
Fractured fantasies: Nicky Nodjoumi

Image courtesy of The Third Line

Fractured fantasies: Nicky Nodjoumi

Image courtesy of The Third Line

 

Conversations on the Avenue meets the legendary artist Nicky Nodjoumi, whose new solo show Fractures at The Third Line reveals a dramatic kaleidoscope of scenes that burn with satire and surrealism. The politics of power, oppression and warfare have all fed Nodjoumi’s work over the decades, since he left Iran in the 1960s for the US where he has been based ever since.

Today, frightening new patterns of power and dominance are emerging around the globe, trading narratives of hatred and fear. Nodjoumi’s art takes an enigmatic sideways approach to these realities. In his thrillingly dark compositions, he combines his characteristic experiments with structure and visual language with a rather wonderful black humour.

In our podcast, we meet the curator of the exhibition, Bidoun magazine’s Media Farzin who describes the process of realizing the show, before we hear from Nicky himself, down the line from New York. In a wide-ranging conversation, we hear Nicky discuss his new work, his political convictions, the challenges that anger him and the inspirations that motivate him to make his powerful, challenging, bold and startling art.


Fractures is on view at The Third Line until 31 July 2018.