02 Jun 2023 - 18 Feb 2024

The Demon’s Diwan



The CCCOD invited the three Iranian artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian for their first solo exhibition in an art institution in France. They will exhibit « The Demon’s Diwan », a project at the intersection of two exhibitions held in 2022 in at NYUAD Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and in Venice for OGR-Torino1. 

These two projects resonate, extend and evolve in the nave of the cccod by accommodating a large new sculpture created for the exhibition. The three artists, therefore, offer a new landscape, according to the term they have chosen to describe their work and to consider as a living organism in perpetual mutation. Composed of ten recent works, this landscape is inspired by new reflections on the progress of the world and the wars that affect it, on the wounds inflicted on beings and the earth, but also on the forces of life and regeneration drawing on encounters, imagination, poetry and dance. 

Titled “Hayula”, the most recent work produced by the artists for the exhibition is a large sculpture made up of a hundred miniature paintings. It takes a comprehensive look at the turmoil of the world from the epicentre of a region of Iran whose multiple aspects of political, social and cultural history resonate across time and borders. This new work contributes to the overall interpretation of the exhibition as an alternative record of our times, navigating the myriad ramifications that link our chaotic present to a cosmogonic vision rooted in the Persian original myths. 

Press release from CCCOD

Image: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. Memories Well Up from the Heart and Draw a Curtain on the Eye. 2019. O’You People. 2019–22. Installation view of The Demon’s Diwan at CCC OD, Tours, 2023. Photography © Aurélien Mole. Image courtesy of CCC OD