- Wood, metal, feather, glass, plastic, paint and light
- Object: 1095 x 712 x 225 mm
- Purchased with funds provided by Maryam and Edward Eisler 2012
This work was made after Tanavoli returned to Iran from America, where he was greatly inspired by pop art. The bird inside or outside the cage can be interpreted in various ways, as a political metaphor or a literal representation of the Iranian custom of placing birds in small cages throughout bazaars, creating a pleasant atmosphere in a hectic market place. Tanavoli’s work explores mass consumer culture in the specific context of Iran, something that other artists in the country had not previously addressed.
Gallery label, February 2016
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