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Selected Drawings & Works on Paper

While I exhibited my video works and installations actively and world wide, for some years it was not very well-known that I also use the medium of drawing since a significant number of years. Since the middle of the last decade, my drawings also often deal with aspects of identity and the complex of seeing and being seen. In the drawing series Fresh Me (2003/10) for example I use ethnological sketches from the prime time of “Orientalism” and reinterpret them, also by giving the clichéd male protagonists my own facial features. In the series Carrying Man (2012) I show myself during various attempts to “master” a suitcase, which is a symbol from my early performances. The series includes my attempts of blowing up the suitcase, of using it as a backing during the attempt to hang myself, or of using it as a rowboat to move away. In recent time, drawing becomes the center of my practice. Often I use mixed media, e.g. ball pen and metal glitter on paper – like in the series Quartet Drawings (2011). A connective element in the series is a golden figuration in one of each drawing‘s corner that reminds us of an Oriental ornament but varies from it because of its irregularity and it strange content: The figuration reminds us of arms and hands threateningly sprawled out. Compared to the video performances, the drawings allow me a more complex depiction of the inner processes and the outer factors as a base for my protagonists’ actions. Recently, I started a new body of work that no longer include my own features but strongly relates to folklore and elements of (Iranian) fables and fairy-tales like Shahre Ghese (2012). The elements are in a way rather abstract depiction of particular stereotyped figures.

 

 

Atlas Shrugged, 2013, water color on paper, 42 x 56 cm each

Atlas_Shrugged_Thinking
Atlas_Shrugged_EGO
Atlas_Shrugged_RATIONALITY
Atlas_Shrugged_SWEAR
Atlas_Shrugged_REASON
Atlas_Shrugged_CODE_SURVIVAL
Atlas_Shrugged_GOD
Atlas Shrugged/ Man's mind, 2013, water color on paper, 56 x 42 cm
Atlas_Shrugged_HAPPINESS
 

 

When I Was Young, 2013, Ball Pen on Paper-Board, 50 x 70 cm each

When I Was Young, 2013
When I Was Young, 2013
When I Was Young, 2013
   

Carrying Man ,2012, series 14 pieces, Ball Pen on Paperboardd, 34 x 48 cm each

Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
 
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man
Carrying Man

 

Detention, 2012, Ink & Adhesive Foil on Paperboard, 38 x 49.5 cm

Detention
 

 

Panchatantra Drawing Series 2012-13

Challenge Your Supremacy e Danger of Greed 	  The Danger of Greed Mush o Gorbeh (Mice and Cat) Monkey The King Of Frogs and The Cobra

Challenge Your Supremacy. 2012-13
Ball Pen Paperboard, 95 x 75 cm

Danger of Greed, 2012-13
Ball Pen Paperboard, 75 x 50 cm
Mush o Gorbeh (Mice and Cat), 2012-13
Ink on Paperboard, 75 x 50 cm
The Monkey and the Turtle, 2012-13
Ball Pen Paperboard, 75 x 50 cm
The King Of Frogs and The Cobra, 2012-13
Ball Pen Paperboard, 95 x 75 cm

Shahre-Ghesseh (Farsi for "City of Tales), 2012, Ball Pen on Paperboard, 205 x 145 cm. (each 100 x 70 cm)

Shahre Ghese
Shahre Ghese
     
Shahre Ghese
Shahre Ghese
     

 

Hamal & Falak & Tabut, Shahram Entekhabi © 2012, Public Collection Artothek, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, Germany

   
Tabut (Coffin), 2012
Ball Pen on Paperboard, 118 x 175 cm
Hamal (The Good Carrier), 2012
Ball Pen on Paperboard, 70 x 100 cm
Falak (Feet Torture), 2012
Ball Pen on Paperboard, 70 x 100 cm
   

Quartet Drawings, 2011, Ball Pen & Metal 0n Paperboard

Quartet Drawings
Quartet Drawings
     
Quartet Drawings
Quartet Drawings
     

Fresh Me, 2003 - 2010, ink, Pencil, Bal Pen & Adhesive Foil

Fresh Me
Fresh Me
Fresh Me
   

 

Converts, 2010, Ink, Pencil & Adhesive Foil on Paperboard

Converts © Shahram Entekhabi

 

Kerosene, 2011, Coloedr Pencil, Ball Pen, Paper

Kerosene Shahram Entekhabi
Kerosene Shahram Entekhabi
Kerosene Shahram Entekhabi
   

 

From Beijing With Love, 2011, Ball Pen on Paperboard

From Beijing With Love

 

They go Bang Bang in My Head, 2010, Colored Pencil on Paper

Bang Bang in My Head
Bang Bang in My Head
Bang Bang in My Head
   

 

Rhizome, 2010, Ink and Pencil on Cardboard

Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
   
Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
Rihzome Drawings © Shahram Entekhabi 2010
 

 

Mulla Nasrudin, 2011, Ink & Pencil on Paperboard

Mulla Nasrudin
 

 

Damm in A Stream, 2010, Pencil on Paper Board

Damm in A Stream
Damm in A Stream
Damm in A Stream
Damm in A Stream
 
Damm in A Stream
Damm in A Stream
Damm in A Stream
Damm in A Stream
 

Feeder, 2011, Ball Pen & Metal on Paperboard

Feeder,