Hosna Karnama's Statement

I was born in a corner of the world where war has been an inseparable part of people’s life historically and strategically. My visual expression of battle in my paintings is not confided with the borders of nations or tribes. Indeed, war exists in the mind and soul of every individuals, in their dark side, a constant battle between good and evil among all aspects that are in conflict. In fact, these conflicts in our life convey us to perfection. However, no one could be winner in the end, they mutually balance and develop each other. The calligraphy in my paintings is a symbol of thinking and opinion of what is often not said, are the bodies in conflict or harmony with it? Sometimes, it has been neglected and sometimes, it has been covered. In fact, it is my own life experience in relation to individual identity and it is my reaction to the changes of political evolutions in the context of contemporary culture of Iran. Although I have been imposed by the early centuries’ events, especially before and after the advent of Islam, mythological contents of written books, manuscripts and Persian inscriptions are expressed in my paintings as well. With a glimpse in the subtle philosophical perspective and figuration to express human’s emotions in a new configuration of the modern myth, war is that the main content of mythical narratives and the foundation of this story is the battle between good and evil. In comparison to today’s life, nothing has changed in the content, only the time and its wording might have changed. Overall, in my opinion, the main war is the one which is going on between my heart and my mind.