Aaran Art Gallery Sep 2013 Marzieh Fakhr Life Is Spectacular 04
کندوکاو در پس زمینه لذتی را برای من به همراه دارد که شاید بتوان آن را بهترین سرگرمی ام در نقاشی دانست. حتی وقتی که به چهره ای که در مقابلم ایستاده نگاه میکنم بیشتر از اینکه فرد را در چشمانش جستجو کنم ، به اطرافش ، به تمام آن چیزی که او را در بر گرفته فکر میکنم. همه ی ما بخشي از پس زمینه هایمان هستيم ، غرق در اين جشم اندازها هستيم و هر لحظه ميتوانيم آن را بشكافيم و در نوردیم وقتی به نقاشیهایم نگاه میکنم سوژه ها در زیبایی منظره محو میشوند، مناظري كه آنها را در بركرفته و معنا بخشیده اند. معنایی مبهم و متغیر درست مثل زندگی كه ما را هر روز در بس زمينه ي خاصي قرار مي دهد و شايد حتي لحظه ای به معنای تصویری که در آن کادر شده ايم اهمیت نمی دهیم و این خاصیت زندگیست که فضاها ما را در دریافت معنا گمراه تر مي کنند و در عين حال وسوسه اي پرده برداری و راززدایی هميشه حاضر است و زمزمه ميشود.
از نظر من منظره اصلی ترین جایگاه به بار نشستن رویای آدمییست و در آخر عمل نقاشی اصلی ترین دغدغه ی من است .
Excavating the backgrounds is the most attractive part of painting for me. Even when I look at a face, instead of searching for the person in the depths of their eyes, as I am supposed to do, I look at the back drop and all that surrounds The character.All of us are immersed in our backgrounds, we are part of the cadre, and are quite capable of excavating and exploring them.
When I look at my paintings the subjects fade away against the beauty of the scenery. The same backgrounds that engulf the subject and give them meaning, a vague & variable
comprehension, just like our everyday life. At every given moment we are positioned in a specific background and very often we carry on without paying attention to the meaning of the picture that we have been framed by, and this is a fact of life that what surrounds us distracts us from the true meaning of life, at the same time the whispers that invite us to unmask and demystify are present.
For me the scenery is where the human dreams land and to that end the act of painting is my most important concern.
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.