|SIMORGH – WORKS BY GRAHAM
INSPIRED BY FARID AL-DIN
‘ATTAR’S CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL
14 November – 7 December
The Iran Heritage Foundation
The October Gallery
Rose Issa in
association with Elisabeth Lalouschek.
The ‘Conference of the Birds’ (Mantiq al-tayr), is a masnavi, i.e. a poem in rhyming
couplets, composed towards the end of the 12th century by Farid
al-Din ‘Attar (d.
1221), the celebrated
Persian poet. It is an animal fable that involves the birds of the
world in the search for their king, the Simorgh. All of Graham Day’s
works in this exhibition are inspired by ‘Attar’s work. He
specifically chose to work with these images using relief
printmaking, which is inevitably concerned with mirror images and
symmetry. Day’s interest in these visual strategies is emphasised by
his use of monoprint techniques. The use of anaphora, a literary
device popular with ‘Attar, where words or phrases are repeated and
strung together like pearls, suggests another link. Day sees the
repeated printing of the bird-images, which are themselves made up
of text, as a visual equivalent of this same rhetorical device.
Born in London in 1946, Graham Day
studied Fine Art at the Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School of
Fine Art, London. He has lectured in Printmaking since 1973. Recent
one-man exhibitions of his work were held in London and Los Angeles.
Examples of Day’s work are in the collections of the British
Library, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in
London; the Bilbliothèque Nationale in Paris; the Museum of Modern
Art in New York; the World Bank in Washington DC; and the National
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Reception – 13 November 6.30-8.00pm
(Free admission, but by RSVP only, due
to security and limited space)
Evening of classical Persian music with Tinoush
Bahrami (Tar) and late night viewing of exhibition – 22 November
Pounds [concession 5.00 Pounds])
020 7242-7367, firstname.lastname@example.org
(strictly no admission without RSVP on 13 November, due
to security and limited capacity).