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Thanks to:   Mehrdad Aghahi and his family,  Zahra Shojaei,   Mir Razavi,  and Mr. Kaman Cholo, Nasiri, Najib Ghabari in Tehran.

Milos Sobajic, Oliver Tomic,  Slobodan Roksandic,  Aleksandar Mladenonvic, Dejan Grba, Zoran Gravac,  Simonida Rajcevic, Lidija Merenik, Simona Cupic and art students of different universities in Belgrade.

Ambassador of Islamic Republic Iran at Belgrade : Morteza Mirheydari, Farshid Zamanpoor,

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

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)

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in UK

 

Prehistoric Fish Found in Central Park

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Abigail Doan

A week or so ago my Iranian artist friend, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, visited New York City and several other US cities on an official invite for a sponsored exhibition that he was having in Washington, D.C. I met him on a bright, sunny morning in the northern woods of Central Park where he was carving several of his 'prehistoric' river art fishes. Dr. Nadalian has a long tradition of submerging his carved rocks in rivers and bodies of water where they might forever add to the spirit and environmental protection of the place. The artist also views the fish symbol as being emblematic of the human soul.



Amazingly, before tossing one of his carved rocks into a pool below a rushing waterfall, a local turtle made an appearance adjacent to the rock that was soon to be submerged. A sign perhaps that the native species of an urban park approve of this new addition to their habitat?

See More at :

http://abigaildoan.blogspot.com

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival Second section


Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

New Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf

 

A report by Tavoos Online

Nadalian Meanwhile, he intends to free his illusory fish in the . He believes: “They will go to remain for ever. They are alive and will live a secret life to re-appear one day. In the eyes of the world, hiding does not mean degeneration and death.”
In most of Nadalian works, it is the system of creation that gives meaning to the work. The movement of water in river, the rise of water-level in spring, green algae growing on stones making them green, the fall of water-level and drying of rivers in autumn, storms, waves and… complete the cycle of meaning.
In Nadalian’s opinion, the aim of such works is to become sensitive toward Nature and creating harmony with it. The contemporary man needs to merge with nature rather than to overcome it and plunder and destroy its resources. Destruction of nature is destruction of human values, as man is a part of nature.
“At present, we are in the Zodiac Sign of Pisces. Believing in a form of animism, ancient Iranians considered spring as the time of rebirth and resurrection of Nature. That is why Iranians celebrate rebirth of Nature at the end of this month and put live fish in a bowl on their
sofreh haft sin (a traditional table set on the first day of spring since the time immemorial).
Nadalian works have been reviewed in several universities of the world, such as the universities of Finland (2002), Spain (2003), Washington University, USA (2005), the University of West England and Art Academy of Tajikistan in 2007. He also introduced the Iranian contemporary arts in the Art Academy of Uzbekistan in 2005 and in 2006 he gave lectures on presence of women in the Iranian contemporary arts in
Belgrade. 


 

New Carved Rocks in Hormoz Island (Persian Gulf)  March 2007

 

 

Works in USA

 

New works by Nadalian in “Verdearte” 2006:  Italy

 

Works in Iran

 

Works in UK

 

Works  in France

 

Works In Germany

 

Works  in Turkey

 

Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf Works By Ahmad Nadalian

 

Click Here to Download larger size Images

 

Utne Magazine May-June 2006  USA

Ahmad Nadalian
[Iran]

A human who loves stones and water, Ahmad Nadalian moves like a fish transgressing international borders.   More

 

Nadalian: River Art

An interview by John K. GRANDE

Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations. more

 

Nadalian in Green Museum

By carving simple fish shapes and other forms onto small stones and river rocks, artist Ahmad Nadalian seeks to repopulate the spirit of neglected streams and rivers in his native Iran and around the world and share these treasures with future generations.  more

 

 

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival Second section


Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

New Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf

 

New Carved Rocks in Hormoz Island (Persian Gulf)  March 2007

 

 

Works in USA

 

New works by Nadalian in “Verdearte” 2006:  Italy

 

Works in Iran

 

Works in UK

 

Works  in France

 

Works In Germany

 

Works  in Turkey

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

 

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)

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in UK

 

Prehistoric Fish Found in Central Park

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Abigail Doan

A week or so ago my Iranian artist friend, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, visited New York City and several other US cities on an official invite for a sponsored exhibition that he was having in Washington, D.C. I met him on a bright, sunny morning in the northern woods of Central Park where he was carving several of his 'prehistoric' river art fishes. Dr. Nadalian has a long tradition of submerging his carved rocks in rivers and bodies of water where they might forever add to the spirit and environmental protection of the place. The artist also views the fish symbol as being emblematic of the human soul.



Amazingly, before tossing one of his carved rocks into a pool below a rushing waterfall, a local turtle made an appearance adjacent to the rock that was soon to be submerged. A sign perhaps that the native species of an urban park approve of this new addition to their habitat?

See More at :

http://abigaildoan.blogspot.com

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival Second section


Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

New Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf

 

New Carved Rocks in Hormoz Island (Persian Gulf)  March 2007

 

 

Works in USA

 

New works by Nadalian in “Verdearte” 2006:  Italy

 

Works in Iran

 

Works in UK

 

Works  in France

 

Works In Germany

 

Works  in Turkey

 

Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf Works By Ahmad Nadalian

 

Click Here to Download larger size Images

 

Utne Magazine May-June 2006  USA

Ahmad Nadalian
[Iran]

A human who loves stones and water, Ahmad Nadalian moves like a fish transgressing international borders.   More

 

Nadalian: River Art

An interview by John K. GRANDE

Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations. more

 

Nadalian in Green Museum

 

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in UK

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

Seduced Couple

 

 

Freed Fish

 

New Borders

 

 

A Journey to Serbia: My Fish Cross Borders

On the 20th of February 2008 I left Iran and planned to travel to Serbia.  En route I stopped in Istanbul, Turkey and left some fish in nature and then continued my journey.


 

 

During my travels as a land artist, I usually sit near the window and look at the earth and capture images. Man, in the past time, saw his destiny and future in the sky, but I see the earth from the sky and consequently think about its political, geographical, ecological, and cultural changes.

 

 

The initial purpose of my trip was an organized retrospective of my work, two lectures on Iranian contemporary art, and a workshop of environmental art. 

 

Upon my arrival in Serbia I learned that because of a large public demonstration, my presentation at the Art University of Belgrade was postponed until a few days later. 

I was advised to stay in my hotel, but I, of course, wanted to see the protest. I am always interested to be in ‘unusual situations’.  I took my digital camera with me and began exploring the city. No one interrupted or disturbed me. I tried to interpret what was going on.

 

 

 I saw thousands of people who were against the independence of Kosovo demonstrating in the city streets.   

 

 

Stones thrown by people broke windows and glass, but my stones freed fish.

 

 

I freed my fish in water. They are alive under water. Even if we cannot see them, this does not mean that they do not exist.  They are a mystery in nature and one day will resurface and appear again.

 

Photos by Zahra Shojaie

 

 

 

 

Photos by Zahra Shojaie

 

 

 

 

Photos by Zahra Shojaie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with many rivers in the world, the Danube is very polluted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also left many fish in the streams. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, the 25th of February, the students of Belgrade Art University joined me for a workshop in nature. We used red earth to paint on the surface of a tree.

 

 

The art students assisted me in the realization of works intended as a reference to the story of Adam and Eve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students at workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could not ignore the current political situation. In such a circumstance, it is difficult to think only about fish. There is a definite link between nature, humans, and other living creatures.

 

 

I wanted to show my impressions about the division of the former Yugoslavia.  In  1991 when I was a language course student in France, I asked many students: “Where are you from?”  A student from former Yugoslavia answered that, “ When I left my country I came from Yugoslavia, but now I do not know where I come from?”

 

 

I do not want to support or be against the process of division, but I know that fish live with more ease than humans do. They move from one corner to another corner of the world. They do not recognize border.

 

 

For this work I projected the old map of the former Yugoslavia on the faces of students. I assume that their parents may come from different parts of Yugoslavia.

 

 

I am a land artist and the map in many ways represents for me some aspect of the land.  I believe that people shape maps. Its shape relates to our particular race, beliefs, as well as historical and political, social and cultural conditions.  Our map may very well represent our history and beliefs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I presented my works at Belgrade Arts University.

 

 

At the Faculty of Art at Megatrend University located in Belgrade I analyzed Iranian contemporary art.

 

 

I showed my works in Serbia to Professor Milos Sobaicthe Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design. 

 

 

 

I also had a lecture in an Art Seminar held in the Philosophy Department of the Belgrade University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I returned home, I also stopped in Istanbul once again and explored the city.