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Gohar Dashti
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Location: 72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia
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Genres: Landscape, Photojournalism/Documentary, Portrait

Head On Photo Festival, in collaboration with ACP is thrilled to present for the first time in Australia esteemed Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti. Selected works from her series Today’s life and war and Iran, Untitled reveal the complexities of Persian society. Between gravity, wit and humour, her staged fictional scenes quietly explore how history, wars and revolutions permeate contemporary social structures, individual and collective human psyche.

Iran: Gohar Dashti Iranian photographer, Gohar Dashti was only eight years old when the first Persian Gulf War between Iraq and Iran ended in 1988. Like many Iranians, her earliest memories are inevitably confused with war whose consequences are still deeply inscribed in her mind. In her photographic work, Gohar Dashti examines her native Iran and fellow citizens, men and women evolving between modernisation and traditional Islamic systems.

Featuring selected works from her series Today’s life and war and Iran, Untitled, the exhibition highlights the complexities of Persian society and how past history, wars and revolutions permeate contemporary social structures, individual and collective human psyche. Today’s life and war shows a couple in a series of everyday activities. Embodying the power of perseverance, determination and dignity, the images symbolically exposes the durable influence of war on future generations. Shot in an unidentified landscape, the imaginary and incongruous scenes of Iran, Untitled are like intense and revealing glances at a constantly changing and diverse society. With gravity, wit and humour, Dashti’s staged fictional scenes are much more than a documentation of the present; they reveal the absurd and the beauty behind the undefinable complexities.

 

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Gohar Dashti received her MA in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005. Working with photography and video, she has developed a practice concerning social issues with particular references to history and culture in modern society.

She has participated in several art residencies and scholarships such as DAAD award (2009–11), Visiting Arts (1mile2 project), Bradford/London, UK (2009) and International Arts & Artists (Art Bridge), Washington DC, USA (2008). She has held various exhibitions around the world, being shown in many museums, festivals and biennales. Her works are in many collections including Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City and Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India.

Gohar Dashti is represented by Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, USA.

This event has concluded
Dates: -
Location: 72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia
Hours:
Entry Fee: Free
Genres: Landscape, Photojournalism/Documentary, Portrait
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