Mehran Mohajer | "Air of the Land": Dastan+2

28 December 2018 - 18 January 2019 +2

A solo exhibition of recent works by Mehran Mohajer

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Press release

Dastan is pleased to announce Mehran Mohajer’s exhibition titled “Air of the Land” at Dastan+2. The exhibition, which is the second solo show of works by Mehran Mohajer at Dastan, will open on December 28, 2018 and continuing through January 18, 2019. The exhibition is Dastan+2’s feature during Teer Art Week 2019.

Mehran Mohajer (b. 1964, Tehran, Iran) is one of the most prominent Iranian photographers of his generation. His influence has been broad both within his contemporaries and later generations due to his unique style, and his work as a leading instructor. Coming from a background in linguistics, Mohajer’s works have been often dealing with the very concept of expression, the extremes of implication and the margins of transcendentalism.
This show includes a recent series of photography by Mehran Mohajer. The artist writes on this series: “These are photographs of the earth and of the sky. These photographs are suspended over the earth and under the sky. These are small fragments of the earth and of the sky. Might they utter a word on the sky or on the earth. Might they ask of the sky or of the earth. Might the sky turn the earth to a better state, and might the earth go round and turn our mood around. And suffice it to say.”
The exhibition will feature a publication with the same name on this series of works. The book includes the artist statement as well as an article by Vahid Hakim, and the images of the works in the series. The book is designed by Studio HEH with Hamed Jaberha as the artistic director (photo processing by Mehdi Vosoughnia). The book is published by Dastan.
In his article, published in the book, Iranian painter and writer Vahid Hakim )b. 1969, Isfahan, Iran) writes: “There is not so much to see in these photographs, though we know the photographer is attached to the real, to the land and its events, why? Are these pages of astronomical tables, pages of the memory book of the earth which the artist has erased the details to rest in peace? To rest in peace far away from brouhaha of things, far away from frustrated, repetitious encodings struggling to perceive reality. Thus may not these empty plains become the scene of our fantasies and illusions? Alas, at times I think silence and illusion are two sides of a coin. The scene of those we have suppressed, however once in a while appear in one way or another, and perhaps as disintegrated words and phonemes. And this is the way that sometimes in our daily experience, the infinite sky and the plain earth make such a ground for our mind.”