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Tehran
باستان‌شناسی گذشته‌ی نزدیک
تاریخ انباشتِ‌ روزهای معمولی است، انباشتِ نشانه‌ها، مُدها، فراگیر شدنِ‌مدها و بعد فراموش شدن‌شان. تاریخ تنها چیزهایی را در خاطر نگه می‌دارد که از فرطِ تکرار نخ‌نما و کلیشه شده‌اند. تاریخ انباشتِ کلیشه‌ها است. وقتی این تاریخِ کلیشه‌ای به گذشته‌ی نزدیک می‌رسد حتا وضعش بدتر می‌شود. در گذشته‌ی نزدیک همه‌چیز ناواضح و معوج است. به نظر می‌رسد همه چیز در خاطره‌مان هست، خیال می‌کنیم کافی است فقط به آن فکر کنیم تا به خاطرمان بیاید به همین‌ دلیل آن‌چه از بیست‌سال و سی‌سال پیش در نظرمان است هیچ تاریخ محسوب نمی‌شود. گذشته‌ی نزدیک آن‌قدرها تاریخ به نظرمان نمی‌آید اما به همان‌اندازه انباشته از کلیشه‌ها است.  
برای لایه‌لایه دیدنِ این گذشته‌ی نزدیک ، برای دیدنِ این انباشتِ نشانه‌ها، انباشتِ مدها، برای لایه‌‌برداری از تاریخی که این‌قدر به هم چسبیده که قابل تفکیک نیست و از دور یکپارچه به نظر می‌رسد ظرافتی بیشتر از معمول لازم است، تیغی تیزتر، با امکان تراش در مقیاس‌های روزها و هفته‌ها.
ترسی ندارم که بگویم محمدخداشناس آن تیغِ روزتراش است. آن تیغِ هفته‌تراش. از تحلیل سال‌ها و دهه گذشته، او با نقاشی‌هایش روزهایی را دوباره به خاطرمان می‌آورد که خیال می‌کردیم کافی است به آن‌ها فکر کنیم اما هر چه فکر کردیم به یادمان نیامدند چون در انباشتِ روزهای دیگری فراموش شده بودند. نقاشی‌های محمدخداشناس خاطره‌ی ما است.
محمد طلوعي


Archaeology of the Close Past

History is an accumulation of common days, accumulation of signs, trends,
and then oblivion of the vogue. History only keeps things that have become
threadbare and stereotyped over excessive repetition. History is an
accumulation of stereotypes. It gets even worse when the stereotypical
history tends to approach the closer past. Everything seems indistinct and
distorted in the closer past. Everything seems to be in our memories; As
soon as we think about something, we surmise that it will revive in our
memories, and that is probably why we do not regard as history what we have
in mind of the events of twenty or thirty years ago. The close past is not
considered history and it is nontheless saturated with stereotypes.

It requires an extra-usual precision, in order to see layer after layer
through the close past, to see the accumulation of signs, accumulation of
trends, to peel such an extricable skintight, monolithic history; - a
better-cutting razor that can carve in the scale of days and weeks.

I dare say that Mohammad Khodashenas is the day-carving razor, the
week-carving blade. By probing into the years and decades of the past, he
reminds us – through his paintings – of the days that we had thought we can
easily think about, but the more we attempt to think of them the less we
remember as they have been forgotten among the accumulated days of the
past. The paintings of Mohammad Khodashenas are our memories.

محمد طلوعی

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