Aaran Art Gallery May 2013 Fatemeh Fakhraeimanesh Cheshmkhaneh Flash Back 03
طراحی از عکس های قدیمی تجربه دوباره ثبت یک آن از زندگی ، توسط دوربین عکاسیست. با این تفاوت که تجربه ی زیسته ی من ، مرا به انتخاب افراد و اشیا و نهایتا خوانشی دوباره از فضا وامی دارد. تجربه ای که دوربین عکاسی فاقد آن است و اساسا به عنوان یک ماشین مکانیکی ملزم بدان نیست . کنکاش در زمان و مکانی که هرگز آن را تجربه نکرده ام مانند غوطه خوردن در بی وزنی است و دراین میان افراد و اشیایی از میان مه تاریخ گذشته ، چون چراغ های چشمک زن به من نزدیک می شوند و به مثابه ی نشانه هایی شخصی یا عام فضای ذهنم را احاطه می کنند. من به بازخوانی وچینش دوباره آنها میپردازم. می کاهم و می افزایم و روایتی جدید از فضایی که در آن نبوده ام می آفرینم . آن سان که گویی خود آن لحظه را زیسته ام و در عمق خاطراتم به یادش می آورم و به راستی چه کسی می تواند بگوید که این گونه نبوده است؟
فاطمه فخرائی منش
Drawing from old photographs is to re-register a moment of life captured by a camera, except that my lived experience compels me to be selective and to offer a different reading of that which appears in the photograph; a reading that the camera, as a camera, is incapable of offering.
To recreate a time and space that I had never experienced is akin to being in a weightless state. Individuals and objects pass through the fog of history and, like flashing lights, appear to me as personal or general signs, cluttering my mind.
I start arranging them again. I add and subtract and create a new narrative of the space I never lived in as if I have lived that moment. I extract it from the depth of my consciousness. And, in truth, who can say that it had not been so.
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Overview and History
Tehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.
Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.
But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.
In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.
The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.
The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."
Mehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.
Tehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.
The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.
Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.
People and Culture
More than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.
Things to do, Recommendations
Take the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.
If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.
Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.
Tehran is also full of museums such as:
the Contemporary Art Museum
the Abghine Musuem (glass works)
the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museum
the museum of carpets (!!!)
Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniatures
and most stunning of all,
the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.
Text by Steve Smith.