Masoud Mojaveri Agah

Biography

His life as an artist began when he started illustrating an alien world he created in his mind based on the small town he grew up in which is aptly named the “City of Silver Rain”.
As a teenager, he first became acquainted with Persian and world literature and continued his intellectual path by entering the visual arts conservatory. He graduated from the fields of graphics, illustration and philosophy of art, but his specialty is the philosophy of semiotics (the study of symbols). In 2015, he published a book aimed at illustrators of all levels and children’s book authors. He is a faculty member in a university and has been researching in his fields for the past 15 years. He is an art director, a member of the editorial board, and the in charge of illustration division of several publications specialized in children’s literature.

 

Every picture is a system of enunciation which is enunciated through the enunciator’s point of view; this system of enunciation with icons, symbols and codes creates meaning. Pictures are able to make different acts and organize a narrative course. Sometimes, pictures play a medium role and are objects which lack specific worldly referents. Sometimes, this medium role can be highlighted and is a way to creating novel objects; meaning that the pictures have the features of being copied, metarepresentation and the replacement of sign-semantic of a picture. In the modern era, illustrators have started to create books which every of them on its own is a system of different discourses of artists and or a enunciators on different objects and subjects by combining and conflating approaches of illustrators and authors and philosophy of thinkers and philosophers in the last fourth decades of twentieth century and also, ideas and thoughts which are outcome of the contemporary era. Using icons, symbols and codes and also, visual organization, these works called authorstrated organize visual narratives which are unique. The best of these works can be found in authorstrated books, graphic novels and comics; works of which authors and illustrators are the same person and the created work is the result of thoughts, ideas and opinions which authostrators organize and illustrate. In fact, authostrating is an unparalleled form of the art of illustrating which communicates through the language of illustration in terms of visual facts and qualities. In spite of the simplicity of this artistic form in its appearance, it is rich, multilayers and complicated, and represents human and ontological objects and subjects through the perspective and point of view of the creator of the book. The most important work of the authorstrator is to strike a balance in changing an idea or designing a subject to a system of a visual discourse, and on this way, the authorstrator comes up with novel combinations and narratives through representation, metarepresentation and replacements of signs. Thus, the viewer is faced with ‘philosophy through the language of picture’, reading the system of enunciation. A philosophy which puts the individual expression of the artist in superiority, and the most obvious representation of it can be observed in personal organization of the picture or the artist’s personal signature in these books.

Masoud Mojaveri Agah