Falak (Feet Torture), 2012 by Shahram Entekhabi
A work that serves as a poignant political statement against torture and an exploration of human rights.
Created using ballpoint pen on paperboard and measuring 70 x 100 cm, this piece demands attention and provokes deep contemplation.
Entekhabi's artwork sheds light on the presence of torture within the political landscape of Iran, both historically and in contemporary times. Despite the official ban on torture in Iran for the past century, the artist highlights its existence under previous dictatorial regimes, such as that of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Furthermore, the artwork draws attention to the widespread use of torture in public confessions under the current Islamic Republic government.
Through intricate details and symbolism, Falak (Feet Torture) invites viewers to reflect upon the complex relationship between power, control, and the violation of human rights. It serves as a visual reminder of the suffering endured by individuals subjected to such cruel practices.
By using art as a medium for political commentary, Entekhabi emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about human rights abuses and advocating for their preservation. Falak (Feet Torture) stands as a testament to the artist's commitment to social justice and his belief in the transformative power of art to challenge and provoke meaningful dialogue.
This artwork carries significant weight, transcending the realm of aesthetics to become a vehicle for social criticism and a catalyst for change.
Photography by: Jese Ziehe