Artwork Details

  • Artist Rokni Haerizadeh
  • Title Fictionville
  • Date 2010
  • Medium Series of multi-media paintings
  • Dimensions 29.7 X 21 cm
Fictionville Image


'Devoid of pitiful moralising and surpassing fetishistic infatuation with depictions of human sordidness, in the series Fictionville Rokni Haerizadeh cunningly (and controversially) violates and perverts found photographic media images depicting human suffering into an anthropomorphic Orwellian world of fairytales: humorous, grotesque, satirical, bitter. With spontaneous violent fantasy, Haerizadeh applies layers of gesso and bonding, breaks down the apparent integrity of the image, drains away the reductive moral stance, absolves his found canvas of its account of truth – in the Nietzschean sense unmasking all accounts of the truth in order to arrive closer to the truth. It is ruthless criticism in the spirit of creative play.'
Vali Mahlouji ‘Fictionville: A Place Beyond Good and Evil Reflections on Violence and the Society of Spectacle’



Haerizadeh, Rokni

Rokni Haerizadeh is a painter known for his compositions, often in sets or themes, which weave together ancient fables and literary figures, contemporary film and political history.