The current exhibition is a selection of six photography collections by Abbas Kiarostami and provides an all-inclusive picture of diverse works of this pre-eminent figure of Iranian art and film industry. The collections include, Snow White, Roads, The Moonlight, Doors and Memories, The Walls, and A Window to Life, some of which will be shown in Iran for the first time. It is the product of more than 30 years of hard work toward producing allusion and meaning in the picture of objects that we see in everyday life. The works provide a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of Kiarostami’s creative thinking and his visual vocabulary that are as evident as “Four Seasons” in his work.
Kiarostami turns natural phenomena and the surrounding world into abstract forms – to defamiliarize them – in a way that the audience will soon discover that the main subject of his art is not the face value or aesthetic significance of snow, rain, roads, doors, and walls, but the concepts beyond them. His deceptively simple yet profoundly paradoxical photographs easily go beyond visual charm and romantic appeal, sailing through the symbolic world of philosophy and spirituality. His refined compositions lead viewers to hidden strata of allusions and implications to introduce complicated, distinct concepts, including existence or non-existence, reality or illusion, presence or absence, and subjective or objective. So if we are looking for traces of Kiarostami in his work, we need to seek him in the hidden depth of the work rather than its plain evident surface.
Boom Gallery is grateful to Abbas Kiarostami for the opportunity to organize this historic exhibition.
Date of Exhibition
Starts: January 1, 2016
Ends: March 18, 2016