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April 12, 2010 | History

Ahmad Nadalian

1963 - ?

Ahmad Nadalian
Ahmad Nadalian who is internationally known for his environmental art projects.  His works draw upon a wide range of symbols from ancient rituals and mythologies with new interpretations to those belonging to the contemporary subject matters that emerge from the use of his new style of languages and technologies. His concepts therefore, are expressed through a variety of media and techniques, including carved stones, installations, performances, video, and web art and interactive pieces which require the participation of the general public.
He is internationally known as one of the most active environmental artists. He has been supported and sponsored by many different organizations in many countries throughout the world, where he has performed numerous environmental art projects in countries such as; Italy, Germany, USA, UK, Spain, France, China, Netherlands,  Greece, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Finland, Lebanon, Syria, Azerbaijan,  Sweden, Denmark,  United Arab Emirates,  Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, Switzerland, Serbia ….and his homeland Iran.
Also he has been invited as a guest lecturer to different universities, organizations and art centers, during his visits he has given talks and workshops on a variety of relevant art issues such as Environmental and Interactive arts
He also organized many major environmental art festivals in his native country Iran, and has helped to supervised young environmental artists around the globe.

The Environment
Nadalian is very sensitive about environment in which he lives. One of the important characteristics of his works is that he always inspired by natural, social, and political environments. Environmental crises, Natural disasters, lack of respect towards old heritage, war, and terrorism. These are issues that he focuses upon, and shows them in his works. The Environment is not only sources of his work, but he finds it the best place in which to present his work.

Virtual Space
Nadalian uses diverse media to promote his works. Via photography, videos and text he documents his work and shows them as a video installations. He presents his works via new media, and utilizes the capabilities of the digital age, such as the Internet. Some of his work is  not a documentation of his environmental art. The work has been produced in cyber space. A number of websites, such as and are dedicated to his work. He believes that a website is not only a place to introduce his work, but a contemporary way of conveying his ideas and art.

In Nadalians work the audience is not passive. They can touch, discover, and through interaction they can be creative. Within this interaction people can create their own environment. They discover that his work is human friendly. In the installations they can change the multimedia, and they can click and change the sequence, color,and composition.

Synthesis primitivism and high tech
Works by Nadalian show a primitive synthesis and high tech. Some of his subject maters existed from the beginning of time when humans first started to evolve on earth in relation to global mythology. On the other hand Nadalian takes issues of the digitization of the beginning of 21 century and produce them in cyber space with the possibility of interactivity. In the one hand his works are very solid or permanent and on the other hand they are temporary and cannot resist in the long-term.

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