Curated by Parasol Unit founder and director Ziba Ardalan, Siah Armajani: An Ingenious World, surveys as far back as his early works on paper in the 50s, through sculpture and public commissions to his ‘Alfred Whitehead Reading Room’ installation produced specifically for the exhibition.
Armajani is responsible for controversial 2005 work ‘Fallujah’, a modern take on Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ pointing to the senseless bloodshed that took place in the city during the Iraq war and the possibilities for reworking and giving new meaning to past art. Not surprisingly, memory features strongly in his work.
See the Parasol Unit website for more information and an interview between Armajani and Serpentine Gallery’s Hans Ulrich last year, on how close he came to getting a lobotomy after moving to the US. **