Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s exhibition ‘Floating on Silence’ at Setareh

In this video gallerist Samandar Setareh walks us through French-Iranian artist’s Sassan Behnam-Bakthiar’s second solo show at the gallery, ‘Floating on Silence,’ which opened on December 8. The show comprises 14 paintings of gorgeous garish colours that leave little room for words but stir up an instinctive pull to each one of the canvases. According to Setareh, there is a sense of magic, of unique attraction to the paintings, a flow of energy that makes them almost magnetic. The artist himself insists on the power of silence as a research practice that has profoundly inspired his work and approach to painting. Made of hundreds of layers of colours patiently applied and then scraped off, each one of his paintings captures the deep sense of awareness and self-knowledge Behnam-Bakhtiar has been able to achieve through meditation. Perhaps it is this spirituality, and all the more his ability to instantiate hybridity–having lived both in the West and the East, between France and Iran–that allows his art to speak to everyone.

Watch the video to get a glimpse of Sassan Behnam-Bakthiar’s energetic pieces or visit his exhibition at Setareh Berlin, on until January 14, 2023.