Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM is an Australian anti domestic violence campaigner who in 2015 founded the Zahra Foundation Australia alongside his sisters, Atena and Anita. The foundation was established following the tragic murder of their mother, Zahra Abrahimzadeh, at the hands of their father in front of hundreds of people at the Adelaide convention Centre in 2010.
In this painting Arman is cradled in the foetal position around the place of his mothers death. Signifying his innocence and child-like anguish, the blood still pools clearly, a sign the brutality inflicted upon his mother is never forgotten. He wears purple trousers, displaying his firmly grounded approach to women’s independence. His feet are bare connecting him to the childhood that led to this moment.
The incredible larger-than-life Lotus flowers that bloom out of the urn (rising from the ashes) are the women touched by the Zahra Foundation. Traditionally the Lotus flower tells the story of purity, regeneration and rebirth despite tremendous suffering.
Lastly, in the pool of blood, just below the urn of the foundation, is the hint of a reflection. A spiritual reflection. A lotus reflection. The memory of his mother.