Distant Memory I

Distant Memory

Avish Khebrehzadeh
Distant Memory I
Video projection, olive oil, resin and graphite on paper
4 min 54
Permanent collection MAXXI Arte

At the beginning of the ’90s Avish Khebrehzadeh moved to Italy to study at the Fine Arts Academy of Rome, where he created Distant Memory I, a finalist piece of the 2003 edition of the Young Italian Art Award and displayed at the Venice Biennial, the same year. From the early ’90s to the early 2000, at the beginning of his research, the artist produced large sized figurative drawings on paper characterized by very simple lines. This work, made of sheets of semi-transparent paper overlapping each other, create a backing perspective movement used as the background for the animated drawings video projection.
The video is composed of a series of sketches in which some horses move slowly, emphasizing the effect of quietness created by the simplicity of the pencil line. Natural sounds and noises surround the video animation. The video is used as a narrative support for the artist’s stories.


Photo Avish Khebrehzadeh. Courtesy Galleria SALES