Reclaimed Barrels

Taher Asad-Bakhtiari

(Tehran, 1982)
Metal and resin 47.6 x 39 x 36.5 cm (18.7 x 15.4 x 14.4 in.) and 46 x 38.7 x 35.5 cm (18.1 x 15.3 x 14 in.) 2019

Asad-Bakhtiari's bodies of work explore his heritage; "Reclaimed Barrels" takes a ubiquitous sight throughout the Middle East, repurposing them while still referencing his status as a part of the generation of "oil babies."

About his "Reclaimed Barrels," Asad-Bakhtiari explains, "Cleaned and all spruced up, the finished products are a cross between recycled art, environmental art, and upcycle. Each one is unique in style and color and continue to be multi-functional. Rescued from a fate of total destruction, the barrels tell a story of diversion, barter, overcoming resistance, metamorphosis, and recovery. As such, they stand as a testament to Iran's modern and torturous history: from riches to dust, from shiny new to battered and barely surviving, from frivolity to austerity and then slow re-conversion.... [they] stand as a subtle

reminder that in a city of extremes, it is the simple things that tell the biggest stories."

From the studio of the artist to Hostler Burrows


Hostler Burrows

"Twentieth-century and contemporary Nordic and international design with primary focus on studio ceramics."

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