This Account Is not the Whole Truth

Leila Eskandari

As I was revisiting Nezami’s Khosrow and Shirin, I became interested in the romantic sub-story of Farhad’s love for Shirin, so I tried to give a different spin to the narrative. I broke down the story to smaller fragments and by putting the pieces back together, mingling it with my own perception of the characters. By making new plots, I recreated the legend in a puzzle-like fashion. I adopted a new way of approaching the image and through the combination of realistic images with simple surfaces and lines, I made a mental game from the character’s relations to each other. When the pieces are juxtaposed properly, Nezami’s intended plot in Khosrow and Shirin will be reproduced. If assembled differently, however, each character will have a different fate.

Leila Eskandari, “Shirin”, from “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “The Castle”, from “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “Khosrow Finds out About Farhad’s Affection for Shirin”, from “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, oil & acrylic on canvas, 150 x 168 cm, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “A Tribute to the Painter”, from “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, oil & acrylic on canvas, 127 x 168 cm, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “The Monument Valley”, from “This Account Is  not the Whole Truth” series, oil & acrylic on canvas, 127 x 168 cm, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “The Spring”, from “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, oil & acrylic on canvas, 125 x 120 cm, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022
Leila Eskandari, “This Account Is not the Whole Truth” series, installation view, 2022