The artist Kamel Alavi was born in Iran and lives in Berlin. No more is known about him. In 1990 he painted an untitled work in the East Side Gallery. It depicts a crack in the Berlin Wall, through which flowers can be seen against a dark background.
Kamel Alavi‘s narrow painting depicts a crack in a marble-like surface opening on to a dynamic background of red and green spots – flowers in motion – being whirled around in front of darkness. The flowers resemble red carnations, such as socialists have worn as political symbols at demonstrations since the 19th century. The painting perhaps, then, portrays a look back through the Wall at the socialist past, or delight at the Wall opening.