Leila Heller Gallery is delighted to announce the upcoming solo exhibition by Maryam Lamei, titled ‘Symphony of Birds’, opening 26th January 2024.
The exhibition features a diverse array of paintings that seamlessly blends the rich tradition of Persian miniature painting with a modern sensibility. ‘Symphony of Birds’ draws inspiration from the revered Persian painting genre known as “Negargari,” focusing on the harmonious interplay between flowers and birds. Maryam Lamei elevates this traditional art form, infusing it with a contemporary essence that resonates with the present-day world. In her interpretation, the delicate fusion of flowers and birds transcends mere aesthetics, evolving into a profound dialogue reflecting the ongoing conversation between love and the beloved. The exhibition, both visually captivating and conceptually profound, invites viewers to explore a nuanced dialogue between nature, love, and the human experience.
In ‘Symphony of Birds,’ Lamei expertly weaves symbolism, portraying birds as revealers of divine secrets and guardians of wisdom. The intricate narratives within her paintings go beyond traditional spiritual interpretations, embracing justice, peace, ethical salvation, and freedom in the tangible, worldly realm. Each brushstroke carries the weight of tradition while embracing a contemporary lens that breathes new meaning into age-old symbols.
Maryam Lamei’s paintings transcend the confines of time, aiming to draw attention to the contemporary human experience. Through themes of hope, humanity, and resistance against oppression and injustice, the art envisions a brighter future. ‘Symphony of Birds’ becomes a medium to heal the wounded hearts of beings worldwide, offering a unique perspective that goes beyond conventional Iranian painting interpretations.
Press release from Leila Heller Gallery
Image: Maryam Lamei. I am like a dove flying in your sky. 2023. 180 x 250 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery