28 May 2019
In May, Tower Gallery at Bled Castle hosts an exhibition entitled Dreams featuring colourful paintings of Slovenian artist of Iranian origin, Azita Bijol Hedayati.
Above Lake Bled
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Top tourist attractions ⋆ Above Lake Bled ⋆ Family-friendly ⋆ Not wheelchair accessible ⋆ Entrance fee (for Bled Castle)
Hedayati’s colourful paintings, showing mainly human figures, reminded me of a cartoon inspired by a fairy-tale that I liked to watch when I was a child. The cartoon showed the adventures of a young man named Peter who had a flying ship. Probably the paintings that I saw on the gallery’s wall stirred nostalgic thoughts of my literary heroes.
The paintings that are on display in Tower Gallery reflect two very different cultures, Slovenian and Iranian. For instance, one of the paintings shows traditional Slovenian masks (called kurent) accompanied by a woman wearing a veil. Those characters coming from two different worlds – Slavic and Arabic – have their faces covered, only for a different reason.
My impression was that the author – who was born in Iran and has been living in Slovenia for two decades – wants to tell us that despite their uniqueness different cultures have nevertheless something in common.