Raoof Haghigh explores the artistic landscape in ‘Beyond Realms of Imagination’ exhibition

Renowned Iranian-born artist Raoof Haghighi is set to captivate audiences with his latest exhibition, “Beyond Realms of Imagination,” at a Central London gallery in mid-April 2024, per artplugged.co.uk. Having called the UK home since 1995, Haghighi has garnered acclaim, winning the Royal Society of Miniature Painters Award and participating in prestigious events like the Threadneedle Prize and BP Portrait Award.

Haghighi’s artistic journey has taken a distinct turn through his Instagram interactions, where he boasts a substantial following of 250,000. The exhibition delves into the symbiotic relationship between the artist and social media, exploring how algorithmic whispers and audience feedback have shaped his creations. A standout piece, “Male Brain Anatomy,” exemplifies Haghighi’s bold approach, confronting uncomfortable truths and aligning his artistic direction with the collective consciousness.

The show not only highlights Haghighi’s adaptation to platforms like TikTok, where his animations engage with a vast audience, but also addresses the paradox of attention in the digital age. His meticulous six-month portrait received a fraction of the attention compared to a fleeting ten-second TikTok animation, prompting contemplation on the evolving dynamics between artist and audience.

Raoof Haghigh: ​Beyond Realms of Imagination
“Male Brain Anatomy”, Pencil on paper, 21 x 27 cm, 2023

“Beyond Realms of Imagination” not only delves into Haghighi’s exploration of social media but also reflects his ability to transcend its influence through reflective meditation. Rooted in a rich family history of Persian poetry and guided by traditional techniques, Haghighi’s work questions societal norms and sheds light on the evolving world, all while navigating the intricate dance between contemporary ideas and timeless cultural traditions.

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