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Jean-François Pirson (1950)

Architect, with a background in dance, Doctor ès belles artes (Barcelona). Professor at the Institute of Architecture Lambert Lombard (Liege, Belgium), he take leave, in 2005, to pursue his own project itinerary.

His pedagogical presentations and expertise opened new practice and theoretical  collaborations with the University of Quebec in Montréal, in Trois-Rivieres, in Chicoutimi (Departments of Arts and Design of space); the EAMAU (the African School of Professions in Architecture) in Lome; the School of Arts in Valenciennes, Lyon, Grenoble; the Schools of Architecture of Lyon, Marseille, Nantes; les Grands Ateliers, L’Isle d’Abeau; the Universities of Barcelona and Valencia (Arts Departments); Les Ateliers Convertibles in Joliette (Québec).

His work has been exhibited in Belgium, Spain and Canada. It is also part of private collections in these countries, in those of the University of Barcelona and of the French Community of Belgium. He was also invited (in residence) to participate in the Amerindian Museum of Mashteuiatsh, in the framework of the project Paysages divers (Different landscapes). Last exhibition: Photography Gatering in the Middle East, Aleppo, Syria; La lettre volée, Brussels.

Aside from frequent stays in Barcelona, Paris, Montreal and Marrakech, we note his explorations in several large European cities and their peripheries, and also in Kolkata, Varanasi, Mumbai, Mopti, Lomé, Istanbul, Cairo, Zagora, Esfahan, Yazd, Damascus, Aleppo, Sana, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Hovd, New York, Quebec, Chicoutimi; Travels and walks in Iran, the Dogon region, the Altai and the Mongolian desert, Mount Athos, the Alps, the High Atlas and the Moroccan Hamadas, and the crossing by foot of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Holiness of Image Hidden Treasure in  Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

About Artist: A. Nadalian

 

Second section: Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival

 


The signification of Paradise
 

PARADISE (PARDIS) is a celestial garden.  The words of paradeisos in Greek, paradise in European languages, and firdaws in Arabic, originally came from Persia the "Avestan pairi-daeza" , meaning garden, itself was the terrestrial image of the celestial garden of paradise. The term of paradise also means a piece of land made more agreeable than its surroundings by cultivation or an enclosure, and especially a royal park.

In the Islamic religious text paradise (firduws), is described as an eternal spring and garden with which the trees have continuous blossoms and everything is joyful. There is no corruption in this world. The minerals are valuable and crystallized. In paradise the faithful recline at ease, drinking and enjoying the embraces of their celestial spouses. In this garden, there is no time and its inhabitants are all young. . According to Sufis, paradise is the manifestation of absolute beauty and the inhabitants of "Paradise" enter into every beautiful form that they conceive and desire . Moslem mystics simply interpreted paradise as being the good deeds of man.

 

Artists at Paradise International Center

 

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

 

 

 

Jean Francois Pirson in Iran

In October 2007 the Belgian artists, Jean Francois Pirson traveled to Iran. During his stay in Iran he expresses his relationship to space through different practices (drawing, photography, installations, writing and walking in urban and mountainous environments.

In the last few years, Jean-François Pirson combines his travels and his walks with his exploratory practices of space and uses photography as a medium to put in perspective parts of the world.

 

 

He works in collaboration with catalogues and magazines, where his texts, drawings and photographs are published, such as Esse (Montreal), Revue de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, Pratiques (Rennes), Nouvelles de Danse (Bruxelles), Dare-dare (Montréal), Les Ateliers Convertibles (Joliette), Centre d’Estudis de l’Escultura Publica (Barcelona), Arte (Valencia), Les Carnets du Paysage  (Versailles), Paysages Divers (Chicoutimi, Quebec).

He published La structure et l’objet (The structure and the object), Liège, Mardaga, 1984, translated in Spanish under the title La estructura y el objeto, Barcelona, PPU, 1988);  Le corps et la chaise (The body and the chair), (Taviers, Métaphores, 1990); Aspérités en mouvements (Asperities in movements, Form, space, body, sculpture, pedagogy)  Bruxelles, La lettre volée, 2001). Dessine-moi un voyage / Draw me a travel, La lettre volée, Brussels, autumn 2006.

 

In his recent book "Draw me a journey"  He says:  ... What's a journey? Can I go with you in your leg? What's an Asia? I can dance across space too. Why do you walk alone? Are you frightened then? I can do the splits too! Where is elsewhere? My den too?

Lou, when I learned of your unexpected birth, so very early, on 12th April 2003, I was in Iran, in Lordegan, a small town in the Zagros mountains, drenched with rain, then tears. I had just been caught unawares by a storm in the irrigated periphery. I was looking for the paths which would have enabled me to accompany the migration of a group of Bakhtyaris. I came back to see you, rather like one of the Three Wise Man, bearing a bottle of rosewater. Soon I would carry you on my shoulders, then hold your little hand, to go for a walk in the district, the park at the back, some wasteland, the forest, next to the pool, further away. Today I am writing to you. At the same time, I think of loved ones, connected by blood, flesh, love, friendship, thought or just empathy. Here and elsewhere. All of them are inhabitants of my solitude. I am therefore writing to the child who dreams of being a grown-up and grown-ups who are seeking their childhood dream. It's simpler with you. 

 

Photo by Jean Francois Pirson

 

Text and drawing by Jean Francois Pirson

 

Nadalian carved on the rocks in Dar Abad valley near Tehran.  Wile he works Jean Francois Pirson made drawings and took some photos.