September 26, 2022


By Heidi Trautmann …

Omid Kalantar Motamedi – Solo Exhibition TALISMAN at the SOL Atelier Nicosia from 25th May to 9th June.

“If we consider Graphic Design as an art form of simplified motifs, images and symbols with the aim of conveying messages through lines, shapes, numbers and letters, we have to put the Talisman art in this category. Out of all beliefs and doubts, in this exhibition I tried to bring up and give significance to the artistic and unique values of this forgotten traditional art form which has been shaded by superstition…..”

This statement above is the conclusion of the following article Omid Kalantar Motamedi has written to explain the background his project for the coming exhibition is based on. It is a very interesting and demanding project and as far as I have been able to follow up his work during the last few years, it is a most successful and well researched project. I am very much looking forward to seeing all of his work on the opening evening of May 25, at 19:00 hrs. at the SOL Atelier and Exhibition Hall in Nicosia/Arabahmet quarter. Viewing times will be daily from 14:00 – 19:00 hrs.

Please take the time to read the article and you will find – just as I – that we can only agree with his words, not only in our daily life but in our own intimate history.

Editor’s Note : As the article is very long, we have included part of it and the whole article can be read on Heidi’s website by clicking the link shown below.

Talisman Art 

It is happening to all of us that there are some specific objects in our daily life that exert an enormous magnetic spell on us. It might be an old wooden box our grandma has left behind or a shell that we found by the sea, all kind of objects that create strange feelings in us preventing us to part with them under any circumstances. Having these objects around us may give us a sort of strong trust in its power, a charm to bring us luck as long as we have them with us, and who has not had such magical experience once in a lifetime.

Today, some may consider these kinds of beliefs superstitious and some may deeply believe in it, but these kinds of mystical incantations have been considered a very significant knowledge and discipline in humanity and its culture in the past. It developed its own language and art form so that Talisman was regarded as age one of the very significant schools of those practices.  In the Age of Reason only a rationally justifiable assertion can be scientifically verified or is capable of logical or mathematical proof, and therefore rejects metaphysics and theism, so this enlightenment cultivated the arts and replaced some part of visual culture by the phenomenon called ‘Talisman’[1].

According to Parviz Tanavoli, Iranian sculptor, painter, scholar and art collector a Talisman is any object that is imbued with protective powers, and in all cultures we find the existence of such objects. The history of Talisman and Amulets goes back as far as the early period of mankind when humans were wearing animal bones, teeth or ivory pieces for the success of undertakings such as hunting but also to protect their families from all kind of threats. There is ample proof that this tradition is still valid in some remote areas of our globe.

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Omid Kalantar Motamedi Biography

Omid Kalantar Motamedi studied Design and Visual Communication at Soore Fine Arts University (Iran, 2004). He graduated in Visual Art and Visual Communication Design, MFA programme from Eastern Mediterranean University (Cyprus, 2015).

Throughout 15 years of professional experience he gained a great deal in business and management skills as Art director and Senior Graphic Designer which combined with academic knowledge of Art and Design.

In 2012 he collaborated with Profile, an advertising company and publisher of 3-monthly magazines, and was responsible for advising and generating innovative concepts, brand designing, page layouts and advertisements. In March 2013 he founded his Cyprus Design Studio and since September 2013 he is faculty member and senior instructor in the Graphic Design Department of the Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Faculty at Cyprus International University.

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