Kiarash Zangeneh (AKA Kiarcher) explores identity dynamics as patterns, materials coalescing and conflicting. His work comes as a product of his pursuit in merging the aspects of his heritage with his newfound liberation, inviting collusion to contrast. Stark environments and textures shroud bodies in a comforting solitude which rings true in queer communities everywhere.
K13 is a collection of thirteen artworks showcasing the idea of a burgeoning Middle Eastern queer identity, its progress and the resulting discourse within the global community.
The portraits traverse a sense of personal isolation juxtaposed against a greater, communal identifier and the tender, fragile act of revelation of being seen. The aim is to provoke the dialogue between enclosure and exposure as well as a subtlety that is inherent in revealing the personal, intimate to the external gaze. By exploring the identity dynamics as patterns, materials coalescing and conflicting Kiarash challenges the notions of cultural and personal interpretation of queer identity and propose a new map of connectivity.
The 13th day after the Nowruz in the Persian calendar symbolizes a return to daily life after the cleansing of impurities. Towards the end of the official holiday celebrated as Sizdah Be-Dar, one is already clean under the open sky and must be outside of the house, not enclosed.