SeyedAli Seyedalikhani

Seyed Ali Seyed Alikhani, Iranian contemporary sculptor, could be considered as a representative of “Craftivism” in Iran. He was born in 1973 in Dezful, southwest Iran, and spent his childhood during the Iran-Iraq war. Heavy bombardments forced the family to flee to the vast southwestern fields, living partly with nomads and partly in the villages before migrating to the capital. This brought him in close contact with the life and accessories of the Iranian Bakhtiari nomads, which he later used extensively in his art. He began painting in childhood and eventually studied sculpture at the University of Art, Tehran.

Seyed Alikhani’s sculptures are largely made from the nomadic Bakhtiari Siah-Chador textile. Other local tools and objects are also integrated into their bodies, including wool-processing tools, hooks, goat horns, and hand-woven metal chains. The junctions are generally devised with either woolen threads or hand-woven, traditionally forged iron chains and hooks. They are also inspired by the nomadic accessories in terms of form, arrangement, and installation: As the nomadic people regularly move from place to place, their furniture and accessories remain minimal. They either hang the objects or place them directly on the floor.

SeyedAlikhani’s sculptures are not reproducible. They are unique, happen only once and take a stance against mass production. Instead of traditional sculpture-making techniques, the artist has chosen to use sewing and knitting. He finds knitting not only a technique, but also an approach to sustainability, a method of meaning-making and a means of expressing personal and environmental issues.

SeyedAlikhani has been exhibited in Iranshahr Art Gallery (2017 &2019); Fajr International Visual Arts Festival, Tehran; and The 7th Tehran Sculpture Biennial.