Hassan Ayazi (b. 1987, Mashhad, Iran) has a BFA in Graphic Design from the Ferdows Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad. His work has been included in several group shows. Ayazi lives and works in Tehran.
The idea for the series was conceived when I came across an anatomical model in a school laboratory. I believe that the interior of a science laboratory is a world unto itself: a mixture of the past and the future. The models have a dual quality. They are sculptures with both scientific/educational and imaginary/artistic quality. Their scientific aspect is the result of their function and the field in which they are used, and their imaginary and artistic quality is the result of references to human body and its representation in the historical traditions of Western culture. I believe that the dual quality has made the laboratory a meeting place for conducting dialogues between the old (deep-rooted ideas and issues) and the new (modern tools, technology, and knowledge). In the series, which is open-ended, I have sought to base the images on these dual, contradictory qualities surrounding the concept of human body and its relation to scientific tools and approaches. To that end, in terms of style and visual approach, I am influenced by the currents of contemporary figurative painting as well as a twentieth-century artistic style in Germany called the “New Objectivity”.