Masoud Akhavanjam

Conflictus, 2020


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In these cast, polished stainless steel sculptures, the artist directs our attention to the enormous challenges that humans are facing as a result of climate change and the ensuing environmental catastrophes. Through
this work, Akhavanjan shines a light on the very real conflict with regard to the commitments needed by governments and businesses to control these changes.

In the artist’s opinion, it is the very foundations of consumerism, wealth creation and never-ending competition between companies and nations in terms of economic growth that need to be reconsidered, not only by future generations but also and more importantly by the decision makers of today.

In Akhavanjam’s “Conflictus” sculptures, we see this omnipresent struggle played out in the tortious, writhing bodies of the entwined animals. Locked in a menacing struggle and impossible to tell apart, we are confused as where to look and how to interpret them. At each angle, they appear differently to us. There is no cohesive, comprehensive view. How can the protagonists be unravelled and what would they look like, if they were to be separated? Would this create the solution to our problems or just another paradox?

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Cast mirror polished stainless steel grade 316
300 x 185 x 180 cm
118 1/8 x 72 7/8 x 70 7/8 in

Masoud Akhavanjam

Born in 1969 in Tehran, Iran, Masoud Akhavanjam was sent to Boarding School in Marburg Germany, at the age of 14. In 1989 Akhavanjam moved to the United States and attended the George Washington University, receiving a degree in Biology in 1995.

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