On a recent afternoon in Dubai, the German-Iranian artist Timo Nasseri showed a visitor around the Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, where he was opening his first solo UAE exhibition. His black T-shirt reads “Woman, Life, Freedom” – the slogan of the protest movement that has convulsed Iran since the September death of 21-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police.
“We’re very limited in what we can do for this change that we all want,” said Nasseri, who is a lead campaigner for the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement in Berlin. “We have to support people who are on the streets, who are fighting the fight of their lives.”
At the Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Nasseri is showing a series of geometrical works — from colorful paintings to mirror sculptures – which he produced between 2015 and today. He draws inspiration from travel, images, stories, even a single sentence.
Nasseri joined Kayhan Life in a conversation about his connection to the homeland, a 1990s trip there, and the appeal of geometry.