Visit the British Museum’s current exhibition to see work by Ali Banisadr in Iranian Voices,an exhibition of the museum’s recent acquisitions of works on paper by artists in the Iranian diaspora.

Between them, the exhibited works present a series of vivid snapshots of the preoccupations of some of the most significant artists to emerge from Iran. 

Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1976 but has spent most of his life studying and working in the USA. His paintings allude to universal emotions of the human condition, drawing from Persian mythology and his personal experiences along withworld history and invented narratives.

Although widely known for his large oil on canvas paintings, Banisadr created the work in this exhibition by painting strips of colour with a roller and then repeatedly drawing figures over them. He describes his hope that ‘the viewer will get a chance to investigate the scenes like a forensic scientist discovering some long forgotten roll of film from the past’.

These acquisitions have been possible thanks to the British Museum Patrons’ group CaMMEA (Contemporary and Modern Middle East Art), Maryam and Edward Eisler and a number of other generous donors.