Contemporary Nomads by Firouz FarmanFarmaian
In a riveting display of cultural homage and artistic evolution, Firouz FarmanFarmaian captivated the international art community by unveiling his “Contemporary Nomads Collection” on October 5th. The much-anticipated reveal, which followed esteemed previews at the Parallel Vienna Art Fair and Berlin Art Week, occurred during an intimate aperitivo event hosted by the Rahnamoon Family at their prestigious Amir Art Collection Flagship Gallery in Varese, Italy.
FarmanFarmaian’s latest work is an enlightening exploration of the nomadic heritage of Kyrgyzstan. This inspiration emerged from his immersive experiences and collaborative efforts with the Altyn Kol Craftswomen NGO in the Tian Shan Range, notably influencing his textile installation at the 59th Biennale Di Venezia. The “SHYRDAK collection,” a pivotal element of Contemporary Nomads, weaves a narrative transcending time, establishing an immediate, almost tangible dialogue with the artist’s prior explorations into the Amazigh tribal culture.
This dialogue is most profoundly seen in the seamless artistic transition from his previous collections — “TALISMAN TATTOO” and “WORLD AS TENT.” These works, respectful in their depiction of ceremonial Berber semiotics and tattoo art, resonate with a deep understanding of and respect for tribal identities and their expression through art.
The “Contemporary Nomads Collection” isn’t confined to one location or audience but is set to journey across continents, embodying the very spirit of the nomads it represents. It will make its presence felt at The Others Art Fair in conjunction with Torino Art Week from November 2nd to 5th, curated by the esteemed Francisca Viudes. Furthermore, London’s art enthusiasts will have the privilege of experiencing FarmanFarmaian’s work firsthand upon its showcase at the Old Brompton Road Gallery. This exhibition, opening on November 2nd, is an exclusive event orchestrated by the collaborative efforts of Atousa Jam and the Noorel Designer Popup.
“Contemporary Nomads” is more than a collection; it is a movement across borders, a dialogue between past and present, and a testament to the enduring spirit of cultural heritage and artistic innovation. With each show, Firouz FarmanFarmaian invites us to observe and journey with him — to discover the rich tapestry of history, identity, and expression that connects us all, irrespective of geography.
Cover: Photo and Dress design by Rana Rezapour