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Isfahan's Apadana Gallery hosts photo exhibition 'Dissolution'

July 9, 2014

ISFAHAN, July 9 (MNA) –Isfahan's Apadana gallery hosts a photo exhibition featuring decomposing animals and buildings. Ahmad Qasemi's photographs are exhibited in 'Dissolution.' It features the crumbling remains of animals and the destructed buildings. "After distinction, campaigns are launched to protect the animals; similarly, a building is built on the remains of an older one," Qasemi told Mehr News correspondent. "The process of 'making' always follows the process of 'destruction; I have always tried to focus upon the very nature of the destruction itself, since it is beautiful per se," he added. "In retrospect, when I review photographs taken since 4 years ago, I conclude that in most of these photographs, destruction and decomposing has mattered for me," Qasemi asserted. "A photographer is always in the process of learning by studying, and on occasions, some subjects come to his focus more than others do," he added, and that "I found that in most of my photographs, the focus has been on decaying animal remains, whether killed or died naturally; since a year ago, destruction (in a physical sense) has been a dominant theme in these pictures." Qasemi added that even buildings under construction in his photographs had been once razed old buildings. "I have always ignored the classical principles of visual arts, and disproved of the golden rules," he admitted, and that "rather, I prefer to free myself from the straitjacket of the rules. This is my personal style." "I believe that aesthetics is not adherence to the rules and conventions; beautiful conventions are so because they have been settled as such over time and frequent use; new conventions would incite resistance in us, but the passing of time would render them natural and acceptable," the photographer asserted, saying that "rules are not everlasting and unchanged principles; they are merely conventions." SHMNA END

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Source: Mehr News Agency (Iran)

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