Hossein Valamanesh, Enter (detail) 2019, installation view, In Love, ACE Open. Photography by Sam Roberts.

Hossein Valamanesh, Enter (detail) 2019, installation view, In Love, ACE Open. Photography by Sam Roberts.

Hossein Valamanesh, Passing 2014, exhibition view, ACE Open. Photography by Sam Roberts.

8 August—28 September, 2019

Hossein Valamanesh


Wednesday 7 Aug, 6pm

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Saturday 24 August, 2019, 1:30pm-2.15pm
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As one of South Australia’s most respected visual artists, Hossein Valamanesh’s In Love celebrates the artist’s renowned enigmatic practice, and expands upon his preoccupation with ideas of love, existence and the nature of being.

Experience the significant new architectural commission Enter, which immerses audiences in a labyrinth of light and love (or eshgh in Farsi). Under Valamanesh’s deft touch, the large-scale sculptural installation comes alive as a field of colour, rhythm and sentiment.

Enter is presented alongside the two-channel moving image installation Passing (2014), in its South Australian premiere (made in collaboration with Nassiem Valamanesh). Filmed on a railway in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, the work depicts both the oncoming and departing views of a meditative rail journey to evoke a sense of an ‘in-between-place’.

Enter is ACE Open’s South Australian Artist Commission for 2019.

In Love is presented as part of SALA Festival.

HOSSEIN VALAMANESH was born in 1949 in Iran and graduated from the School of fine art in Tehran in 1970. He immigrated to Australia in 1973. and graduated from South Australian School of Art, 1977. He has exhibited in Australia and overseas including Germany, Poland, Japan, Pakistan, Finland, UK, Canada and Iran

With Angela Valamanesh he has completed a number of major public art commissions including An Gorta Mor, memorial to the Great Irish Famine, 1999, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney and 14 Pieces on North Terrace, in Adelaide and Ginkgo Gate, a new western entrance to the Botanic Gardens, Adelaide.

He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship 1998. His work is included in most major public Australian art collections. A major survey of his work was held at the Art Gallery of South Australia in mid 2001 and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, 2002. In 2014 he undertook a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC.

In 2011 Wakefield Press published a monograph of his work, titled Hossein Valamanesh: Out of nothingness, with essays by Mary Knights and Ian North.

He lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia and is represented by GAGPROJECTS Adelaide, Grey Noise Dubai.