Mohsen Karami

Friday, October 19, 2018-Friday, October 26, 2018

Scripted by “Deva”

It may seem rather formidable and ambiguous to apply the term “Deva” for a series of artworks inspired by Dabireh (Alphabet), calligraphy, grapheme and mystic scripts; as is the name “Deva” in its very own essence.

Per contra, in the ancient language, the word “Di Va” means “to glow” and "shine”. In Sanskrit, “Deva” /ˈdeɪvə/ is used to address god; yet it primarily means “light” since it is derived from “Di”. In Aryan Indian ethics, Devas were regarded divine while Asuras /ˈʌsʊrəz/ were considered demons and evils. Right after he faced off the “Deva Yasnas” (deva worshipers), Zoroast switched places for the gods in his religion. The names were altered and so were the attributions.  

The creation of Script was Deva Yasnas greatest art and knowledge. Since they worshiped the light, the sun and other heavenly glowing bodies were considered holy. They mastered well in astrology, chronology and other related sciences such as geometry, zodiac, alchemy, color symbolism etc. therefor, it was appropriate to apply symbols like swastika and wheel symbolizing the planets and the universe timing and rhythm. Among their arts were utilizing primary depictions such as quadrangles, deltoids and crucifixes in addition to establishing their ideology in the form of mandalas they meditated and contemplated on.

Choosing “Deva” was due to the fact that based on Iranian scripts, Devas created Dabireh and script and it may refer to the ancient time and the nascent origins of revelational and intuitive philosophy as well as abstract religious thoughts and the retro-tendency towards some sort of Initialism in art genres which remind of “that” eternal memory or perhaps what Suhrawardi calls “The Early Mystic Words” and refers to as the perpetual wisdom.

The collection of art lots in this exhibition depict torn pages of a book thrown round the world and wherever landed each has been framed and preserved. Collectively they are praxis and symbols carrying the equivalent connotation amongst creeds and cultures as if they never obsolesce.