Fly Dandelions Pouran Jinchi
Pouran Jinchi’s Fly Like Dandelions
13.02.2024
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One is welcome to visit artist Pouran Jinchi’s solo show Fly Like Dandelions to admire her latest works. On view at The Third Line, the new series of delicate paintings was inspired by an article Great Climate Migration. Published in the New York Times, it tells about a Guatemalan farmer who had to flee because of climate change’s impact on agriculture. The exhibition will be open to the public until the 16th of February, 2024.

Pouran Jinchi, Fly Like Dandelions 9, 2023. Inks on canvas. 48 × 60 in | 121.92 × 152.4 cm

Taking cues from landscapes suffered from the environmental crisis, Jinchi, who was trained in calligraphy, used repeated Persian characters for “trees” to depict trees and their trunks. She employed dots to portray a desolate landscape that symbolises the memories of a life that once was. The colour palette of the exhibited paintings comprises black and grey, which express devastation, and blue symbolising a sense of hope. Most of the artworks depict clouds of dandelion seeds. Jinchi used the image of this plant as a metaphor for the nature of migration. It represents the resilience of migrants who, like dandelion seeds, find themselves displaced yet determined to navigate a new path.

Pouran Jinchi, Dandelion Clouds 12, 2020. Inks and Gesso on Board.
12 × 9 in | 30.48 × 22.86 cm

About the artist

Pouran Jinchi (b. 1959, Mashhad, Iran), a contemporary visual artist residing in New York, received her BS in Civil Engineering from George Washington University (Washington D.C., USA) in 1982. After that, she studied sculpture and painting at the University of California (Los Angeles, CA, USA), from which she graduated in 1989. Jinchi pursued her art education at The Art Students League of New York (New York, NY, USA): she studied studio painting there.

In Jinchi’s art pieces combining calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism, Islamic geometry, Iranian traditions, and contemporary aesthetics intertwine. The artist’s early works are simultaneously abstract and literal presentations of poems in which texts merge into flowing anthropomorphic shapes. Jinchi draws her inspiration from social upheaval and political violence, but led by a basic empathy towards suffering, pain, and injustice that she sees in the contemporary world, she turns despair and destruction into an ethereal visual language.

Pouran Jinchi, Fly Like Dandelions 12, 2023. Inks on paper. 55.88 x 76.2 cm

Jinchi’s works have been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows including Epic Iran (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 2021); Glitch (Tahrir Cultural Center, American University in Cairo, Egypt, 2020); Tajvid Paintings (Art Projects International (API), New York, USA, 2018); The Line of March (The Third Line, Dubai, UAE, 2017); Ravaged Garden (NYU Art Gallery, New York, USA, 2016); The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion (the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2015); The Blind Owl (The Third Line, Dubai, 2013); Entropy (LTMH, New York, NY, USA, 2010); The Bravery of Being Out Of Range (Sultan Gallery, Kuwait, 2011); Derakht (Shibata Etsuko Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2001); Two Person Show (Gallerie Ott, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1997); and many others.

The artist’s art pieces have been acquired by such esteemed collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), Zayed National Museum (Abu Dhabi, UAE), San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA, USA), Jameel Art Centre (Dubai), and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha, Qatar), to name a few.

To learn more about Fly Like Dandelions, please visit the show’s official web page.

You might also be interested in attending Gauze, Hazem Harb’s solo exhibition.

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