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On Reflection

2004
Hossein Valamanesh and Angela Valamanesh

digital rendering Catherine Buddle; inkjet print on paper (frame: 163.0 cm x 75.0 cm)
On Reflection

Hossein and Angela Valamanesh are artists. Hossein Valamanesh grew up in Teheran, where he graduated from the School of Fine Art Painting in 1970. Three years later he emigrated to Australia. Since graduating from further studies at South Australian School of Art he has exhibited frequently in Australia and internationally and has received numerous awards and fellowships. Angela Valamanesh graduated in ceramics from the South Australian School of Art in 1977 and became a tenant potter at Adelaide's Jam Factory. Following a number of solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas, in 1996 she gained a scholarship to work at the Glasgow School of Art. Over the past decade the Valamaneshes have collaborated on a number of public art projects including An Gorta Mor, the Great Irish Famine Memorial at the Hyde Park Barracks (1999).

While Hossein and Angela Valamanesh were travelling recently through the remote mountains of Iran, they came across a group of refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan whose chief livelihood lay in making pinhole camera portraits. The couple sat for one; the resultant reverse image was digitally manipulated on their return to Australia.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004
© Hossein Valamanesh and Angela Valamanesh

Artist and subject

Angela Valamanesh (age 51 in 2004)

Hossein Valamanesh (age 55 in 2004)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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