Peybak | "Zahouk": Dastan's Basement

26 October - 16 November 2018 The Basement

An exhibition of drawings and an animation piece by Peybak

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Press release

Dastan is pleased to announce Peybak’s solo exhibition titled “Zahouk” at Dastan’s Basement. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from October 26 through November 16, 2018.
This is Peybak’s fourth solo exhibition at Dastan. Peybak’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at GP & N Vallois Gallery (Paris), a group exhibition at Domaine Vranken Pommery (Reims, France) Armory Art Fair (New York), Fiac (Paris), a curated group exhibition at Le Tripostal (Lille, France), ArtGeneve (Geneva, Switzerland), Abu Dhabi Art Fair (in the curated section), Art Dubai and Contemporary Istanbul. Additionally, Peybak’s work has been featured in one Dastan:Outside project in Sam Art and a number of their works were shown in Dastan’s booth at Sydney Contemporary 2017 and GP & N Vallois Gallery’s booth at Drawing Now Paris 2018.
Peyman Barabadi and Babak Alebrahim Dehkordi, both born in 1984, have been working together as the “unified duo” of Peybak since December 20, 2001. They start work on every piece together, working on different parts, until both declare it finished. Peybak’s “atemporal works, where the gesture’s energy competes with the stroke’s precision, where the same gets confused with the unique, chaos with order”**, are inspired by Persian poetry, mythology and miniature paintings.
Coming after “Abrakan’s Room” (2015) and “Abrakan (Birth)” (2016), in “Abrakan (Appearance)” (August 2017, Dastan+2) the silhouette-like creatures seemed to partially show themselves and come into light. The exhibition also featured an elaborate installation, consisting of paintings, videos and three-dimensional works. “Zahouk***”, the most recent series of Peybak’s work, is comprised of drawings and an animation piece. Inspired by the canes created by the self-trained artist Abbass Hosseinipour, Abrakan are depicted in the exotic environments of forests in search of imaginary Zahouk canes. The exhibition also includes revealing portraits of the Abrakan as well as the first animation piece created by Peyman and Babak in their search for these creatures.


* “Abrakan” (literally “Small Clouds”) is a Persian-language neology made out of three parts: “abr” meaning “cloud”, the suffix “-ak” that means “small” and the plural suffix “-an”.

** Soyer, Barbara. “A Trip” in Peybak, Abrakan “Éclat”, Exhibition Press Material. GP & N Vallois Gallery. Paris. 2017.

*** Zahouk translates to a clear and broad path