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Abbas Zahedi and Abbas Faiz Exhibition Tour

Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-1965

Postwar Modern installation shot

Our Associate Artist Abbas Zahedi, together with human rights lawyer and poet, Abbas Faiz give us a guided tour through the exhibition.

The duo explore and discuss ideas around migration, exiles and activism in relation to the exhibition and their own work.

Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-65 is a landmark reassessment of the art produced in Britain after the Second World War, a period when artists had to make sense of an entirely altered world. Focusing on ‘the new’, the exhibition features 48 artists and around 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, collage and installation.

Abbas Zahedi’s interdisciplinary practice blends contemporary philosophy, poetics, and social dynamics with sound, sculpture, and other performative media. With an emphasis on how personal and collective histories interweave, Zahedi makes connections whenever possible with those around, in proximity to, or involved with the particular situations upon which he focuses. Through a non-approximate approach, one foregrounding the multiple specificities of a cite/site and those beyond sight, Zahedi invites others into an ongoing conversation. It is through careful gestures that Zahedi’s practice is enunciated.

Abbas Faiz is an International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law practitioner. He is currently the Special Envoy to the Government of the Maldives assessing the country’s criminal justice system in its response to a terror attack. He has lectured on human rights at the School of Law, University of Essex. Formerly he was a senior researcher at Amnesty International. Faiz is also an award-winning translator of Persian poetry, a film and theatre critic and a member of the Exiled Writers Ink.  


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