In this interview emerging Iranian artist Mehdi Saadeti discusses his career and the existentialist themes present in his work. After discovering Saadeti’s work Metamorphosis in the summer of 2019, Mark Featherstone interviewed the artist in January 2020, exploring key themes relating to the experience of exile, the politics of art, and the Heideggerian philosophy of poetry and the revealing of being. Given the contemporary age characterized by mobility, homelessness, technological rationality, and increasingly desperate attempts to make sense of processes of globalization that seem to generate chaos, Saadeti’s work is important because it speaks to key concerns of cultural politics in the early twenty-first century by drawing on existential thought and the tradition of abstraction in art to try to imagine meaningful worlds.

Mehdi Saadeti was born in 1981 in the Iranian city of Tabriz. Following his bachelor’s- and master’s-level education in the architecture...

You do not currently have access to this content.