View In Room
View In Room
Archival digital pigment print
Edition of 8
Dimensions: 70.0cm(H) x 105.0cm(W) / 27.6"(H) x 41.3"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
My childhood years were spent in a century old house; high ceilings, decorated with elegant bassreliefs were an implication of the majestic architecture of the past which was a solace to me in those years. With the passing of years I witnessed the painful demolition of these representatives of the grandeur from the past and their replacement with soulless high-rises and apartment buildings. Hidden in the midst of broken bricks and semi standing walls, the reminiscence of those who once lived in these mansions persisted; reviving my childhood memories.
There is a curious sensation concealed in the ruins; a vague existence of a once bustling with life location that has traveled throughout time to tell us the story of those who used to inhibit them, as if trying to relate and tell us their ages old stories. I discovered how the human presence in the background altered the actual deﬁnition and usage of these desolate spaces, giving them a new, contemporary air which could also be seen as a representation of their place in society today.
Locations are from the four corners of my country Iran. The presence of people is a complementary component that is to add aesthetic as well as conceptual value to the photographs, while the abandonment and invisible signiﬁcance of the chosen ruins that are overshadowed by the ghostly presence is another part of the main idea.
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Lives and Works: Teheran
Tahmineh Monzavi (Teheran, 1988) is an Iranian photographer and filmmaker with an art degree from Azad Art & Architecture University of Tehran. She started her career in photography in 2005, as a documentary photographer, her main topics of interest being social conflicts and the young generation of Iran. The extraordinary diversity seen in her body of work, whether in documentary or staged photography, is a clear indication of her mindfulness and receptivity to underlying social and cultural realities.
In 2011 she received the prestigious “Sheed Award”; an independent, non-profit, private photography award.
Monzavi's work has been published in numerous international art magazines and has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Literature Museum of Georgia, Maxxi museum of Roma, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris(National Museum of Modern Art in Paris). She lives and works in Tehran, Iran.
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