Images in this series are created by manipulating and re-photographing antique portraits. The 19th Century tintype photographs used in the project are purchased from flea markets and via online auctions. Time and circumstance has separated the photographs from their original owners and descendants. The identities of the subjects are lost forever. The work examines our desire to be remembered and the photograph’s inability to assist in the process. While a photograph can represent the various personal, social, cultural and poetic complexities of human existence, it cannot capture or preserve these things. [Read more…]
I consider my photographic creation as a poetic experience in which I drown and infuse myself and, as a result, it gives me the feeling that I am reborn with each portrait into a new being.
Although, all of my photographs are self-portraits, they shouldn’t be necessarily read as self-presentations, rather they should be revealed as the multiplicity of “selves” available to one individual. To put it succinctly, my attitude towards the self is more of an exploratory journey between an awareness of self and an unawareness of some aspects of oneself.
Repulsion – Silence In Respect of Outcry
An immaculate and surreal world is created by Ata mohammadi, arrived at through a complex juxtaposition of objects of the ‘everyday’.
The deployment of a formalistic tendency in his work lends to a pictorial style informed by the ‘objectification’ of an idea, wherein the work represents a lager thought – a social statement about nature, as much as it is about materiality. The ironical twist in meaning challenges stereotypes or clichés through a mannerist style. Is his work then a response to his environment as an insulated artist, or does it ponder a larger cultural entanglement that can be read across the board? – Saleh Tasbihi