Saman Oskouei (born 1985) and Sasan Oskouei (born 1991) know as ICY and SOT are artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. The two brothers started making their marks in the streets of Iran in 2006. Through their unique visual language, they have been delivering powerful, moving statements on the present-day human condition, tackling important issues such as human rights, detention, women’s rights, the plights of migrants and refugees, climate change, or the pitfalls of capitalism.
Because our original plans changed due to the pandemic, we've had to be innovative in how we curated the exhibition that is not only influenced by the pandemic itself, but also inspired by the period building and its contents in which the artworks are being housed.
Iranian born, Brooklyn based, arts duo Icy and Sot’s felt that an antique folding table discarded in the house was an appropriate medium to give their ideas the greatest resonance. Instead of shipping the table to them, they were very resourceful and quickly found a table similar to the one in the house on facebook market place in New York and got it the next day. They used it as a replica for their artwork, Socialism vs. Capitalism, and shipped us the crockery instead, which we then installed onto the discarded table in the house.
As a result the kitchen-based installation is now complete with two folding table places: the plates and cutlery split and hinged so they too move with the tabletop. The work reflects on the often-debilitating effects of capitalism on the poor, here represented through the most basic of human needs: food.
Click here to see the video that Icy and Sot sent us from New York, demonstrating their artwork on the replica table.