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چهل تیکه

نمایشگاه انفرادی اله یار نجفی

فروردین ماه 1393

داستانی که نقل می کنی مثل شیشه های رنگی است که به پنجره ی خانه ات میزنی. آن بیرون هر چه که باشد, هر چه که برود, هرچه که بیاید, فقط همان شیشه های رنگی را میبینی و سایه های پشتش که تیره و روشن ‌.شان می کند. داستانی که نقل می کنی درباره عمق زندگی نیست تنهاروایتی است ازگذر زندگی. قصه ای را نقل می کنی که کلی خرده داستان کنار هم چیده شده هستند، خرده داستانهائی که کمتر کسی به آنها می پردازد.

عکسهای دوبعدونیمی کنار خیابان هم حتما داستان خودشان را دارند. یکی به دلیلی چشمک میزند,یکی به دلیلی از گرگ به ببر میرود و از ببر به عقاب, یکی به دلیلی عمق جنگل را نشان می دهد. دست آخرهمان را می بینی که از پشت شیشه های رنگین پنجر ه ات می بینی.آنچه که "می خواهی" ببینی. هیچ دلیل خاصی هم ندارد. لازم هم نیست که حتما" توضیح اش بدهی. داستان توست و چشمک آن یکی و قصه ای یکی دیگر. چهل تیکه ی میبافی که عین زندگی ست، هر بخش آن به دلیلی هست. مثل مگسی که برای خودش بال میزند که برود اما هوای اطرافمان را عوض می کند و خودش هیچ نمی داند.

 Patchwork

Allahyar Najafi

April 2014

The story that you narrate is similar to installing colored glass on the windows of your house. Whatever is out there, whatever is moving, you get to see the colored glass and the darker or lighter shadows behind them. The story that you tell is not about the depth of life, it’s a recounting of passage of life. Your story is a patchwork of sub-stories, petty stories that not a lot of people care to tell.

The two and half dimensional imagery that are sold at the corner of the streets tell their own tale as well. One winks, the other ones jumps from the wolf to tiger and tiger to eagle, another shows the depth of forest. The final image is similar to what you get to see behind your colored windows. You see “what” you want to see. And there is no particular reason for it. And it’s not even necessary to explain it. It’s your story, the wink of the other, or the story of another one. A patchwork which is just like life. Each part exists for a reason. Very much like a fly that flutters to leave, but gets to change the air around us and it doesn’t even know it.

نمایشگاه آثار " اله یار نجفی " با عنوان " چهل تیکه " فروردین 1393 گالری آران

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