The Japanese art of Kintsugi considers the fracture a value to be emphasized by recomposing ceramics with gold. After all, we are more tolerant with the Venus of Milo or the Nike of Samothrace or even with the Sphinx of Giza, whose parts now lost are not a lack but a testimony of their history.Every means holds in the search for a new sense where the end of an object’s life projects itself into a rebirth, an inscription beyond its origin, its own structure, finding itself in an assemblage, in an infinite line as says Jean-Luc Nancy, “… infinitely broken, the watershed of all these places: points of tangency, contact, intersections, dislocations“.The Italian-Iranian artist Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi was born in Teheran in 1979 and he attended the University of Elmikarbordi Karaj of the capital studying painting. He continued his education at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where he graduated in 2014. He lives and works in Milan where he also founded the “Spazio Nour” in 2014, redeeming a large, interesting space in the city centre from degradation, and transforming it into a creative art gallery for dialogue between the different visual and performative arts. In his work, he reconciles East and West in a new cultural understanding, rewrites with gold an empathic and compassionate tale aimed at overcoming differences with the ancient suture of an alchemical and magical metal. The use of the antique carpet or its parts in the composition reveals the power that objects have to preserve in themselves the whole history of their lives just as happens to our human lives.Fractures are the boundaries between nations, I take inspiration from the philosophy of kintsugi, I do not imitate the technique” says Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi. “We must rediscover the words of the masters of art in knowing how to recomposing beauty with a human concept. The gold in my works represents the sacred, the mystified material of humanity, is the very life of which we are losing the meaning, the meaning and the senses. The ancient carpet, used, has a memory in its cells that testifies to life and art. the object that I elaborate, but show its harmony in balancing its forces“.

In 2016, Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi collaborated with Antonio Marras for his fashion show and had the solo exhibition “Time and temple” in Circolo Marras gallery.


Text by Alessandro Turci


Alessandro Turci, bio

Studies in Law at the University of Turin and interests between Fashion and Contemporary Art. Fashion Designer and Art Director for international brands, Alessandro Turci founded Risekult in Milan in 2012, Cultural Association for Contemporary Art and publishes the Art Book Risekult book of excellence for collectors. Curator of art exhibitions collaborates with galleries and museums. Contributing Editor for Flair Magazine, L’Officiel Homme and Thesignspeaking with columns on Art and Fashion. He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, at IED Milan and Turin, at the Bicocca University in Milan.