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Eye-Opening Knife Typography

We're familiar with the saying that “life is beautiful” but what lies behind that beauty may surprise you. In artist Farhad Moshiri's installation, aptly titled Life is Beautiful, we see the saying displayed against a blank white wall in a charming cursive typeface. Taking a closer look, we notice there's more artistry to this piece than simply decorative typography. The title is spelled out by hundreds of knives staked into a wall at Palazzo Grassi in Italy.

Moshiri says that the visual poetry is a positive statement, but has a touch of artistic cynicism through the violent materials used. Though the artist prefers to encapsulate a sense of lightheartedness and doesn't think he's making a statement, there is certainly room for interpretation of his work. The in-your-face typography speaks volumes about life and its romanticized appearance. Be sure to check out a video of the artist at the site of this installation, speaking about the piece, below.

Moshiri is represented by The Third Line, an art gallery in Dubai, but continues to be based in Iran.

Farhad Moshiri at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
via [Junkculture]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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