Art And Culture

Group Photo Exhibit at Mohsen Gallery

A photo at the ‘Implicit Signifiers’ exhibitA photo at the ‘Implicit Signifiers’ exhibit

A group exhibition of photos selected by photographer Mehrdad Afsari opened at Mohsen Gallery in Tehran on Friday.

Titled ‘Implicit Signifiers’, the exhibit includes works by three young photographers Nima Alizadeh, Vahid Dashtyari and Alireza Zangiabadi.

One of the collections at the exhibit, ‘You Were There, Without You Knowing’ series by Alizadeh, grapples with what should be there, but is not, and what should not be there, but is there and felt, seen, or heard, according to a statement on the gallery website.  

As the artist said, the concept of the photos stems from the awareness that the absence of anything, be it a person, an action, or an idea, could affect more acutely than their very presence.

Born in Tehran, Alizadeh, 33, holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from Azad University. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Tehran and Moscow. He was awarded the honorable mention at Tehran’s 9th Photo Biennale.

Dashtyari, 36, makes beautiful photos of natural places. However, there is more to them than the bizarre arrangements of light, land, and trees. He tries to document the notion of fear - a notoriously difficult and ephemeral thing to capture in a picture.

Dashtyari received his master’s degree in photography from Tehran’s University of Art in 2006. Since 2008, he has participated in several group exhibitions.

Zangiabadi’s ‘Others’ series explores the relationship between people and the urban space - physical, cultural, and metaphorical, in generally desolate surroundings; housing complexes, joined in a web of trees, weeds, fences, and abandoned construction machinery.

Zangiabadi, 33, started learning photography in 2011. He has participated in several group exhibitions so far.

The photographs will be on view through July 19 at Mohsen Gallery located at No. 42, Mina Blvd., Nurbakhsh St., Farzan Alley, Naji Alley, Zafar Ave., Modarres Exp.


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