Saturday, February 4, 2023

Colourful Fantasies of Down Syndrome Patient Displayed in Tehran

An exhibition of paintings by Nasrin Kishani, an Iranian artist with Down syndrome, was recently held at Tehran’s Shokouh Gallery, showcasing what’s going on in her subconscious.

Kishani started painting three years ago. Now she is a fairly experienced artist. The paintings of Down syndrome patients exclusively root in their inner lives: it is more of a tool to pour out their emotions.

Without any education in art basics and artistic styles, Kishani has created various paintings in different phases of her work. Some are childlike images that show the artists’ perception of her surroundings: people, animals, cities, plants- the elements of daily life depicted simply and purely as seen with an innocent eye.

Some other paintings are far from reality, illustrating Kishani’s explorations in the realm of colour and form, like abstract paintings shaped by colour stains or colour poured on the canvas. Although the majority of these paintings contain no precious forms of external stuff, sometimes you can recognize an object, a flower pot for example.

The artists’ painting, coming out directly from her heart and subconscious, can be considered primary figures that exist in anybody’s spirit: one just needs to make an effort to express them.

What follows are Honar Online’s photos of the exhibition which wrapped up on August 14:

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