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Etemad Art Gallery Feb 2013 Raheleh Nooravar On The Rise It Putrefies 02
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آنچه که در نخستین مواجهه با آثار راحله ببیننده را با خود در گیر می کند کیفیت پارادوکسیکال آنهاست. به اعتقاد من خوانش این آثار تنها با تمرکز بر مفهوم قدرت میسر خواهد بود و بسط پارادوکسها در ارتباط با مفهوم قدرت سرشت این آثار را شکل می دهد. 

گویی که این آثار به مثابه نشانه هایی خود را به مخاطب عرضه می نمایند که در آنِ واحد بر دو مفهوم زور و فرم قدرت اشاره دارند. سترونی و تکرارها نشانه تلاشی تاریخی و در عین حال احمقانه برای رسیدن به نقطه نهایی قدرت است که در نهایت تنها به در گیری با وجود خود منجر خواهد شد. بدین معنی که به طور کلی کارکرد خود را ازدست می دهد و تنها در سترونی و تو در تویی و تکرار و لابیرنتها اسیر است و دست و پا می زند و بدین ترتیب است که در مواجهه با این آثار در یک لحظه هم با مازاد مواجهیم هم فقدان !

 این سترونی و تکرارها که به مثابه امر مازاد خود را به ما می نمایانند تنها کارشان عینیت بخشیدن به فقدان است، چرا که به واسطه همین تکرارها است که قیچی ها کارایی و همبستگی ارگانیک خود را ازدست می دهند و علی رغم ظاهر سترون، ایستا و خود بنیادشان تنها کاری که از دستشان بر نمی آید یگانه شرط وجودیشان است که همانا بُرندگی است....

امیرحسین بیانی‫، بهمن ۱۳۹۱‬

The first thing that confronts the viewer by creating inner conflict is the paradoxical quality of Raheleh Nooravar’s work. In my opinion, reading them is only possible after focusing on the concept of power, and that the expansion of paradoxes in relation to power, shapes the essence of the works.

It’s as if the artworks are symbols, presenting themselves to the audience, simultaneously indicating to the concept and form of force and power.

Sterility and repetition are signs of historical yet stupid attempts in order to reach the final level of power, which ultimately only leads to conflict with ones own existence. As a result, losing its application and left entirely trapped in sterility, entanglement, repetition and labyrinths we are confronted by both deprival and overindulgence in these works.

These sterile repetitions that reveal themselves as objects of excessiveness simply become a means of fulfilling the lack there of, because it is through this very repetition that scissors lose their organic means and cohesion, and contrary to their sterile, solid and self sufficient appearance the only thing they are not capable of doing is their only reason for existing in the first place… cutting.

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