What does Persian calligraphy stand for?
Hello, my name is Viktor Mascot*. It is nice to meet you. I am a visual artist in Montreal. My recent calligraphy collection, “Inebriated Words”, is currently exhibiting at Cafe Aunja, downtown Montreal.
The name, inebriated, means drunk or in more specific terms, ravished: Filled with intense delight. And that’s the feeling of the words in a Persian poetry. They are soft and peaceful. As if the words are dancing and drinking and losing themselves before your eyes.
In fact, such free and delightful dancing has been an inseparable part of Persian philosophical rituals, despite the stereotypical Quranic image of my Middle Eastern society.
Wine, women, and happy life are popularly depicted in the old poems of Omar Khayyam, Rumi, and Hafez, around 800 years ago. It highlights the important role of poetry in expressing a “gesture of resistance” against the ruling system of its time and religious hypocrisy. In this sense, they can perhaps be comparable to the works of Moliere who took to theater to convey his views and political messages.
Persian poems usually criticize taking religion for its face value and getting consumed by taking the games of life too seriously; and instead they preach a deeper and more easy going attitude, paying more attention to understanding of the moment, the essence of life, and the worth of a human connection.
3–31 December 2015
I invite you to come and visit my artworks at Cafe Aunja between 3 to 31 December 2015. I am leaving the address to the Facebook page of the cafe if you need more information: www.facebook.com/CafeAunja and here is my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/viktormascot
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Thank you all very much,
Are the poems written in Arabic here?
After the introduction of Islam in the 7th century, Persians adapted the Arabic alphabet to Persian language and developed the contemporary Persian alphabet. The Arabic alphabet has 28 characters. An additional four letters were added by Iranians, which resulted in the 32 letters currently present in the Persian alphabet.
What is this style of calligraphy called?
“Cursive Nas’taliq” or “Broken Nas’taliq” was invented in the 17th century. This calligraphy style is based on the same rules as Nas’taliq but it provides more flexible movements. It is a little more stretched and curved. Almost a century later, a prominent artist named “Darvish Abdolmajid Taleqani” improved this style to perfection. [read more: here and here]
What Are the Coins For?
Showcasing a strange way of handwriting from old Persia, with words and sounds that are not familiar to the North American audience, it was important for me from the inception day that each art piece make an instant connection with the person in front of it. I wanted to infuse a spark of familiarity and likability in each art piece; and at the same time I was searching for a mark or a stamp signifying the location where the art was created.
And the Eureka moment arrived. What else better than the currency of the birthplace of the art piece? It’s current and geo-specific. And I had too many coins that I didn’t know what to do with! In some of the artworks, I may have used elements of the Western pop culture in the same fashion to facilitate making a personal connection with the North American audience.