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From the Heart

Hossein Valamanesh, 30 sec, Australia, 2004. 35mm Film/Digital Video

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Produced and Directed by: Hossein Valamanesh
Editor: Nassiem Valamanesh
Thanks: Angela Valamanesh, Selena Tan, Muhammad Rahim, Martin Potter, OPENChannel, Flinders Medical Center, Rumi
SBS Independent: Commissioning Editor: Glenys Rowe
ACMI: Executive Producer: Clare Stewart
ACMI: Production Manager: Philippa Campey
© Hossein Valamanesh

ARTV: produced with the assistance of ACMI and SBS Independent


Using 35mm footage capturing his own angiogram, Hossein Valamanesh creates a mysterious, luminescent universe which hovers, like a heartbeat, between biology and the sublime.

Biography - Hossein Valamanesh

Born 1949 Tehran, Iran; lives and works in Adelaide.

Valamanesh graduated from the School of Fine Art Painting in Tehran in 1970 and emigrated to Australia in 1973. Since graduating from further studies at South Australian School of Art he has exhibited frequently in Australia and internationally, including in Germany, Poland and Japan. He has received numerous awards including a Fellowship Residency in Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 1991, and more recently an Australia Council Fellowship. Hossein's work is included in most major public Australian art collections.

He is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, and Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

Artist Statement - Hossein Valamanesh

'Using X-ray images from an angiogram of my heart in From The Heart, I manipulate the speed of the images, slowing down the heartbeat and working with the density of these images to create a moon-like image combining different angles of the heart. The sound accompanying the images is the heartbeat and the first line of a poem by Rumi, the 13th-century poet, reads in Farsi: "I hope I have achieved a moody image of horror and hope".'

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