Behind the Butterflies

Parastou Forouhar's paintings

by Fariba Amini
In the corner of the gallery in Berlin, I finally saw the paintings I had come to see - those by Parastou (whose name means swallow) Forouhar- the ones with the many butterflies and guns, as well as the chess tables. Next to the table where I sat to rest a bit before looking at each individual painting and sketch, I spotted a brochure about the artist. I then went over to the gallery attendant, a young man, and asked him, “Do you know what the story is behind these butterflies?” He said “No, but would you mind telling me?” So I did >>> more

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