Janna Karel of the Las Vegas Review Journal features Ali Fathollahi and his exhibition Saccharine Reckoning at Soho Lofts.
It has been a decade since Ali Fathollahi of downtown Las Vegas and his wife, Nanda Sharifpour, moved from their home country of Iran to Turkey, and later Las Vegas, in search of political freedom.
Fathollahi and Sharif-pour were professors in Iran. They led a private school from their home that allowed their students to have freedom of expression in the art they created, Fathollahi said.
“The government there is not very happy with large groups of young people getting together and discussing free thinking and being open-minded — trying to go beyond the norm that have been limiting our society for years,” Sharif-pour said.
When they came to America, though, Fathollahi immediately noticed what he called an obsession with fear. It prompted him to research the topic, which formed the thesis for his master’s degree at UNLV: “Saccharine Reckoning.” It critiques America’s obsession with survivalism as both a lifestyle and an ideology, motivated by fear and nostalgia, Fathollahi said.
For three months, an exhibit that is a continuation of the thesis will be available for people to view downtown near Hoover Avenue and South Fourth Street inside Soho Lofts. The installation will remain on display until November, according to Laura Henkel, owner of ArtCulture PR, who worked with Fathollahi and the property owner at Soho Lofts to set up the exhibit. > Read More