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 Elika Hedayat  (1979 - )

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Lived/Active: Iran, Islamic Republic of      Known for: political themed painting and drawing, cartoon satire

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Political commitment is also reflected in the work by Elika Hedayat. Being self-critical towards her country’s political reality, she sarcastically and cynically ridicules the greed of men in power. Her threatened identity leads her to conduct a struggle against inequalities and censure.

Inspired by the style and shape of popular illustrations used in the “cafes-théâtres” (cafés with live theater) in Iran, her native country, Elika Hedayat tells her own stories, closely linked with the sociopolitical events of today’s Iran. She builds a world opposing the innocence of childhood to the violence of the world, showing a return to childhood in the form of a small theater with strange accessories, each carrying its “secret story made of shared games and imaginary stories“.

Taking an interest in topical reports, interviews, and in the way in which they are presented, the artist often files documentation and testimonies, which become the subject matter of her works and which she appropriates in her imaginary world. This approach vouches for the need of this artist, forbidden to enter her homeland, to reinvent herself in exile and to reconstruct with what is left. The game seems then to exorcise the loss and forgetting, where nostalgia reunites sadness and joy.
CMOOA (Compagnie Marocaine d’Oevres et Objects d’Art)

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