HAQ Project

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Brief Description:

The project I have been working on since the 1980s, called “Haq”, is based on the culmination of years of research and explorations, and inspired by Nasir al-Din Tusi of the late 12th century. Today, his works are recognised as the “Tusi Couple” in astrological terms, and known as the “Maragheh Revolution”. 

The fruit of my research and observations pushed me to new levels of understanding beyond any boundaries as an artist, which resulted in multitudes of representational art forms, manifesting as new unique concepts and philosophies in contemporary art. At the centre of which, is the word “Haq”.

What is Haq:

“Haq” is a one-syllable Persian word, which in the Persian alphabet is made up of just two letters, H and Q. The Persian language is written from right to left, by repositioning the two letters and fusing them together, I arrived at this new form which in English is HA+Q=HAQ . I studied these two letters intensely, in search of a new sculptural concept which evolved from systematic proportions and calculations, based on the astronomical chart.

I have been developing varieties of techniques that enabled me to present my ideas in the form of drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs and buildings.

Definition and Meaning: 

“Haq” in the Persian language rooted in the word “Haqiqat”, which translates to “Truth”. “Haq” is the essence of life, a binding force that maintains form, shape, and volume – the balance of the universe. 

All forms, shapes and volumes of things are also bound together and organised by this force which reflects the power of the Creator.


The emerging sculptural concept of “Haq” offers a new and unique concept in the language of pattern and in the system of geometry and proportion. Yet, the perspective from the untrained eye may be one of a pure abstract form of modernistic art.

Indeed, this concept could be developed further, opening up new chapters in contemporary art and architecture with much more depth of philosophical meaning.

Farhad Soltanie

Short clip of HAQ Interview with Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos of The Tagli