About the Work
Mind Zone, page from the graphic novel,
The Magnificant Book of M, 2009
15 3/4 x 11 3/4
Archival digital print
Mind Zone is a page from Rahmanian’s graphic novel, The Magnificant Book of M. The Multiverse exhibition, displayed at the Halsey in 2011, also excerpted from the novel is an allegorical tale that intertwines reality, dream and fantasy together to present a dissection of what it feels like to be an immigrant. The journey, all actual events the artist has experienced, is a global story that defies countries and boarders. Emphasis lies in the alienation one feels on being uprooting from one’s home country and settling into a new place. It’s about the notion of home and belonging, losing oneself in the process of life and rediscovering one’s identity once the dust has settled. Hamid Rahmanian’s Multiverse exhibition was featured at the Halsey Institute in the fall of 2011 with artist, Tanja Softić’s Migrant Universe. This exhibition focused upon how these tow artists have visualized their experiences as immigrants.
OTHER PATRON PRINTS
Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY [New for 2010-2011]
Hamid Rahmanian is a filmmaker and graphic artist. As a graphic artist for over two decades, he has received numerous awards and his work as been exhibited in international competittions and publications. Over the past five years, he has been commissioned to do work for cultural organizations and commercial companies such as The United Nations, GQ Magazine, Pacifica Radio/Democracy Now and Aramex Shipping Company. In the last decade, his narrative documentary films have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and Venice, and have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. Rahmanian’s films have gained international recognition for their socially conscious storylines and have been used in the NGO sector to combat negative stereotypes about Iranians, to promote anti-capital punishment laws in the US, and to raise funds and awareness for the plights of disadvantaged women and girls around the world. He is currently illustrating a new edition of the Persian poet Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, to be published by Quantuck Lane, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Co.
ABOUT THE PATRON PRINT PROGRAM:
Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our Patron members. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. We are delighted to unveil our newest additions to the Patron Print Program featured upon the walls of our new HICA Hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts. Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston!