Iranian Presidential election of 2008 was a controversial event between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi the contention between these ideologies inspired me to research and illustrate the situation as I see it. I depicted a vision utilizing the infamous picture of a viet-cong officer shooting a civilian in the head, I use the same image but instead I play with the imagery by having Mousavi shooting Ahmadinejad, this is a representation of my view that sometimes in order to have peace with a character like Ahmadinejad one must fight with democracy in their own language, which is violence. In the piece Mousavi shoots, bt when he shoots a green flower(representing peace) springs out, but the result is bloodshed regardless. Also I play with the concept of jihad is by having on both sides the Arabic scripture representing the beginning quote to each surah, however on one side it is upside down, symbolizing the corruption of an idea. At the bottom of the painting I have a covered women being silenced to her right to vote, and is also a representation of the killing of Neda Soltani a demonstrator killed while being in a demonstration.
Is a mixture of the letters o and x, as in hugs and kisses, but taken this idea and contradicting it, having the o represent revolution and the x represent unification, in the piece the O’s are in a random irrational order, and the X’s are in a uniformed pattern, however simultaneously I wanted to study the magnetism of life in which opposites attract, this is the essence of this piece.