Underdogs Gallery is pleased to announce “Faces of Society”, a solo exhibition by Iranian artist duo ICY and SOT, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Born and raised in the Islamic Republic of Iran, ICY and SOT have experienced first-hand a life or risk and repression in the name of art. Working covertly in the streets of the country’s silenced cities for many years, the two brothers used their creativity to actively engage with their fellow compatriots, sowing wherever and whenever possible the seeds of hope and compassion in the name of freedom, truth, and social justice.
Currently based in New York, and working all over the world, the two artists have managed to turn their original creative dissent into a bold, poetic practice that has become internationally renowned for its use of simple yet high-impacting imagery that continues to give voice to their ardent struggle for a better world. Working both indoors and outdoors, their unique visual language has been delivering powerful, moving statements on the present-day human condition, tackling important issues such as poverty, homelessness, exploitation, human rights, women’s rights, the plights of migrants and refugees, climate change, or the pitfalls of capitalism, among many others, demonstrating that art and activism are still important tools in an age of growing social indifference, numbness, and alienation.
Opening reception with the artists:
Friday, 24 May 2019, 7pm – 10pm
Exhibition on view until 15 June 2019
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 2pm to 8pm
Rua Fernando Palha, Armazém 56 – Lisbon, Portugal
About the artists:
ICY (b. 1985) and SOT (b. 1991) are artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. The two brothers started painting with stencils in 2006, and have since been contributing to Iranian and international urban art culture through their murals, art interventions, videos, and installations by means of which they convey their views and concerns on human rights, capitalism, ecological justice, and social and political issues. Their work has appeared regularly on walls and galleries throughout Iran, USA, Germany, China, Norway, and globally. They transcend their histories of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world free from borders, war, and violence.