Ramin Haerizadeh, 37
Title of work: ‘Still Life, King, Queen and Tomato’.
What does it represent?
‘It’s about enforced remoteness of history, and the way it is continuously re-written by the world’s winners. This still-life arrangement depicts the ousted king and queen of Iran and tomatoes. The king is playing tennis with tomatoes, but the game leaves splatters of red, like blood, shadowing the spilled blood that comes when games turn to violence and loss of life. The woman with the elephant head is the former queen of Iran, and her regal composure is rendered redundant by the elephant head on her shoulders. The elephant is the protagonist of a popular Iranian play Shahr-e-Ghesseh – his identity is forcibly transformed to make him belong and fit in to the community in which he finds himself.’