Ostovani (Farhad) : Le Jardin d’Alioff

The Garden of Aliof is the autobiography-in-essays of the Iranian painter, Farhad Ostovani. At the heart of the book are the author’s memories of a childhood in pre-revolutionary Iran, a culture he experiences as an abundance of colors, perfumes, foods, and unforgettable characters, all in an improbable landscape where deserts meet dense olive groves and mountains seem to rise from the sea.

2018 / 16 x 20 cm / 192 p. / ISBN : 979-10-92444-67-4

Essay / Art / Iran / Painting / Autobiography

Date de publication : 22 janvier 2019

The book is also a record of the development of a sensibility, an education influenced by those childhood memories, but also by Ostovani’s later voyage to the West, to France where he has spent most of his adult life, by the challenges of displacement and having to adapt to a new culture, by the friendships he has made with other creative people (Louis-Rene des Forets, Yves Bonnefoy, Jean Starobinski, Jerome Robbins), and by the importance of music, especially J.S. Bach, to his work as a painter.

What sets apart Aliof’s Garden as special is Ostovani’s ability to access the feeling of the past and to describe the emotional content of the art he makes and of the art and artists who play significant roles in his life. The book is marked by an unusual immediacy and simplicity of style.

The essays in Aliof’s Garden were written in English between 2007 and 2016.

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L’Atelier contemporain attempts to publish books of art and literature and books which associate artists and writers, with the concern to revive a dialogue between the literary and plastic arts.
The ambition is to explore the « paths of the création » through five collections gathered within the company : essays on art, written by artists, conversations and correspondences, monographs, and literature.