TAHMINEH MONZAVI / Requiem for desolation

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November 24 – December 23, 2016

“We are invited as witnesses to this funeral of ruined places. Remained buildings from past are presented in our sight to show what they have done not only in a certain era but also in the history of their existence. Growing up in these kind of places made my childhood full of imaginations and inspiration from the painting on sealing and the statues in living room. I knew I was living in a powerful place that led me to think deeper and stronger. The existence of past has influenced the young generation, all the signs which are disappearing. The memory of people who used to live in these buildings has vanished. My feeling about these locations is full of sorrow as if they were alive. The death of cultural treasure is as painful as human beings death. I replaced the emptiness of the atmospheres with the existence of woman who are invisible in the muscularity of the soci- ety. “Kharabat” (Desolation) is a concept in Iranian and Afghan mysticism, which could mean a place for drinking wine, a holy place to pray or even a ruined place.”

This project is still on the progress and will be completed by end of 2016. A part of this project has been taken in Afghanistan. The other section of “A Requiem for a Desolation” has been taking place in Tehran as well as other cities in Iran.

Tahmineh Monzavi (born 1988 in Tehran) is an Iranian documentary photographer and Filmmaker with bachelor degree in photography from Azad art & Architecture University of Tehran. Her main topics of interest are social conflicts and the young generation of Iran. 

Installation views

Photos: Jakob Lindner

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