Lecture (6/9) – In his work Sam Samiee, born in Iran, focuses on the practices of painting and research in history or philosophy, Persian Literature, the history of painting and psychoanalysis. Samiee has been meticulously constructing a theoretical prehistory for his painting practice out of the Persian literary legacy of the past millennium as it relates to the core concepts of contemporary psychoanalysis. Characteristic of his work is the break from the tradition of flat painting and a return to the original question of how artists can represent the three-dimensional world in the space of painting as a metaphor for a set of ideas. Therefore most of his work is presented as immersive painterly installations. Sam Samiee does not shy away from the ornamental. His so-called I-pad drawings for example, drawn with a simple application, are photocopied and multiplied to form ornamental framings. Within the context of his installations, these patterns move beyond the decorative and reveal a fragmented autonomy.
Sam Samiee (Teheran, 1988) studied at the Art University of Tehran and at the painting department of Aki Artez where he graduated in 2013. He completed the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunst in Amsterdam in 2015. He works as a painter and essayist based in Amsterdam and Tehran.
Photo by Frans Nikkels
Poster design by Dayna Casey
Installation by Alexandra Dalavagka and Mirka Kachrimanidou
"Five Centuries after Copernicus: Challenges of a Decentralized World "
Regarding this week’s information about the Sam Samiee’ s practice and lecture, we decided to take another direction in comparison with the rest of the “entrance works” we have made. This time we focused more on the formal strategies that the artist follows than the conceptual, meaning that we worked with the question of representation of the “three dimensional world in the space of painting as a metaphor for a set of ideas” rather than concentrating on Persian literature and psychoanalysis. So we created a painting-installation and played around with the three dimensional shape in the space that a plain canvas can be adjusted to.