Moeinedin Shashaei

    Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL, 2017

    Unum, 2017

    Concrete and pigment
    16 x 2 x 2 feet
    This piece, suggestive of the mythical Tower of Babel, captures the facial expressions of Socrates visitors the artist cast over the course of his summer residency to commemorate public exchanges among strangers. With hundreds of distinct smiles unified in a mass, Unum presents an optimistic view of humanity’s cultural differences, contrasting the predominant interpretation of the biblical myth that frames God’s creation of linguistic difference as punishment for hubris.
    Image: Moeinedin Shashaei, 'Unum' in the making (Matt, Ife, Ross, Pirco and others), 2017.
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