The Museo del Prado and the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado are presenting the last work by the Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (Rasht, 1944 – Teheran, 2013), When I count, there are only you…but when I look, there is only a shadow (2012-13), a video installation inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War. Farideh removed the figures and modified the images in this iconic print series in order to present them accompanied by animated images which are projected onto them from a moving spotlight.
This presentation offers a unique occasion to see Lashai’s work located alongside the prints by Goya that inspired them and between his Black Paintings and The 3rd of May. The result is a dialogue that reveals the ongoing relevance of Goya’s message two centuries later.
Essays written by Ana Martínez de Aguilar, curator of the exhibition, Catherine de Zegher, director of Museum voor Schone Kunsten de Gante, Venetia Porter, curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art at the British Museum, Roberto Toscano, former Italy´s Ambassador to Iran.
The book also reproduces a selection of the Goya’s Disasters of War and the work of Farideh, as well as some details of the projected photoengravings.