Poetry #1 (Windows)

Siah Armajani Iranian

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This page is among Siah Armajani's earliest works. It was detached from a printed copy of a poetic anthology by Mehdi Akhavan Saless (1928–1990), a modern Iranian poet and master of freestyle verse. The poet was an activist and supporter of the nationalist leader, Mohammad Mossadeq who was abruptly brought down at the time of the 1953 coup. Siah Armajani, also a nationalist and ardent follower of Mossadeq was very disillusioned by the fall of Mossadeq. This page features the poem, "Daricheh'ha" or "Windows" by Akhavan. Here, the artist has written over the verses in black marker and signed part of his name, Isma'il and the number 10 followed by the date 1335 (1956) on the bottom right. By delineating the words of Akhavan and signing the page, Armajani connects with and affirms Akhavan's poignant words.

Poetry #1 (Windows), Siah Armajani (Iranian, Tehran 1939–2020 Minneapolis, Minnesota), Printed paper and ink on cardboard and balsa

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