The Verza exhibition in conversation with Aref Roudbari Shahmiri

The Verza exhibition in conversation with Aref Roudbari Shahmiri

30 January, 2019 | Share Article

“In the past, I created sand sculptures that attracted the attention of the audience but were not lasting. That is why I chose the material of metal and forming in the sculpture”, said a sculptor.

According to the cultural correspondent of Shabestan News Agency, the “Verza” exhibition with a collection of statues of Aref Roudbari Shahmiri, will be showcased from January 25 to February 1, 2019, at CAMA gallery. The works of this artist titled “Shakh Bazi” and “The unpleasant situation”, have been showcased heretofore at Seyhoun gallery. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, and the “Verza” exhibition is an excuse to sit with the artist in a conversation as follow:



Describe the “Verza” the exhibition of sculptures at CAMA gallery?

“In fact, this exhibition is the continuation of the “Shakh Bazi” series, which was shown at Seyhoun gallery in 2015. The “Verza” revolves around the subject of Ox, by showing the Ox I want to flip the society”.


What does the title “Verza”, that you chose for this collection of works refer to?

“Verza is an Ox living in a village that in the morning is let out of its bullpen and goes to the forest, then in the evening it returns to the bullpen again without anyone accompanying it. This Ox does not need to be accompanied, what I tried to express was the liberation and freedom presented in the form of the Ox collection called “Verza”.


You tended to create sand sculpture before, what did you lean to another type of structure?

“I have created sand sculptures for five years, which accosted gently, my works were reviewed, and I became more serious in my works. I thought that I make sand statues today, and they will not exist and last tomorrow, so I had to work with another material which is lasting, and among materials I chose metal. Metal is a strong element, but when it softens, it seems appealing to the audience. How it forms and softens can be interesting, and the audience would communicate with it”.



Has your entry to the world of art and sculptures been entirely accidental?

I involved dealing with a disease and faced a crisis that I saw the world absurd and null, anytime I was feeling lonely and unhappy, I would go to the beach. One night I picked up a block of wood and piled the beach sand and made a volume, a few moments later I realized people were taking photos of it. Their attention made me feel impressed, I created something that could attract people’s attention, and it motivated me to go to the beach on Thursdays and Fridays to build sand statues which people enjoy them. I created, and this creativity was repeated, and people came from other cities to see what I was doing and to criticise my works. Their attention and critics to my figures made me study the statue, material and sculpture because my audience expected the better sculptures. I started my work with sands, but I wanted to improve the quality of my works. I bought a welding apparatus and welded and created sculptures. One and a half years later, Seyhoun gallery contacted and asked me to showcase my artworks”.


When did you create the sand statues and when did you start to build metal statues?

“I built the sand statues from 2011 to 2015, and from 2015 to November 2016 I created metal sculptures, then my first exhibition titled “Shakh Bazi” was held on November 2015 at Seyhoun gallery. This year in March, I held the “The Unpleasant Situation” exhibition in Seyhoun gallery”.


Verza exhibition at CAMA gallery is your third individual exhibition. Have you participated in group exhibitions?

“Yes, I showcased my collection of “Shakh Bazi” and “The Unpleasant Situation” in Seyhoun gallery; so far, I have participated in numerous group exhibitions, and this year my work will also be featured in the Biennale of urban sculpture”.


Why did you work on the concept of “Ox”?

“The very word “Ox” is challenging; I feel that through the Ox I can show my and community’s concerns”.


Did you use this element because of cattle figures in ancient sculpture?

“I used Ox in my works without any prior research, and I do not work based on historical past. The only thing that matters to me is the present and the future, I embodied what I had in my mind and logic about the Ox, and I wanted my works to be my own signature; I create the work that affects my audience and even when I was not in this world, it persists in their mind”.


What will you create after the subject of “Ox”?

 “There are many subjects to work on, but I want to be mono-axial. My first and second collection is Ox. When I have a mono-subject I can create a work from it that is new and surprising to the audience; in the works I have made, I have a three-headed Ox, while in reality, we do not have three-headed Ox”.


How many works will be showcased at the “Verza” exhibition?

 “Ten statues of Ox and five figurative statues of my personal collection are showcased in this exhibition”.