Icy & Sot
"We have always tried to say something with what we create because we think public art is a powerful platform to share a message with ordinary people.”
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Initially influenced by the graffiti and stencils in skateboarding films and video games, the pair soon began making their own distinctive mark on the walls of their native city. speed and discretion often go hand in hand with creating unauthorised artworks but this is especially true in tabriz, where an unsympathetic and intolerant legal system often hands out charges much more severe than those usually associated with vandalism.
At home with the realities of state wide censorship and more than used to their artworks surviving for less than a few hours, political dissent and social protest is a vein that has run through the duo’s work since the beginning. in 2012, ICY and SOT took a solo exhibition of their work in new york as an opportunity to emigrate, leaving iran and relocating to the thriving brooklyn arts scene. since then, the duo’s work has gone from strength to strength, expanding into an ever more diverse number of mediums while retaining its rousing and defiant spirit of resistance through art.
ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York., the two brothers started doing stencils in 2006, they have been contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their Murals , interventions, video and installations that depicting human rights, capitalism, ecological justice, social and political issues, Their work appears on walls and galleries throughout the Iran, USA, Germany, China, Norway, and globally.They transcend their histories of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world freed from borders, war and violence