برای بیننده ی نا آشنا با پیشینه ی نقاشانه ی مجتبی تاجیک به ذکر این تاریخچه بسنده می کنم که او از حرفه ی عکاسی به دنیای نقاشی وارد شده است. اهمیت این سرمنشاء در آثار او بیش از تکنیک واقع گرایی عکاسانه است. او از ابتدا به اهمیت قاب بندی در خلق یک تصویر واقف بوده و بخش عمده ای از رویکرد بصری خویش را به قاب های بسته و اشیای گرفتار در تگنای آن ها گره زده است.
مجتبی تاجیک از معدود نقاشان معاصر است که هویت هنری خویش را به بازگویی حافظه ی تصویری طبقه ی میان شهری بازگمارده است. در نقاشی های پیشین او انبوه جعبه های تنگ و کوچک به همراه اشیای درونشان داستان های سمبولیک از سرنوشت این طبقه-ی شهری حکایت می کردند: تنهایی، به دورافتادگی، موشک های کاغذی گرفتار آمده، پروازهای سوخته و اشیای کوچک و آشنایی که با سرعتی تمام از برابر چشمانمان گذشته و به تاریکی فراگیر درون جعبه ها سپرده می شدند.
مجموعه ی اخیر در این نمایشگاه چرخشی آشکار در فضای آشنای هنرمند به شمار می رود. در این انتخاب جدید اشیای او تنها به لباس های آویخته به چوب رختی محدود شده اند، از تاریکی جعبه ها به درآمده و بر پس زمینه ای بسیط و نورانی اما سرد و سیمانی جا خوش کرده اند. آیا این نگاه تازه به این معناست که تاجیک به خود قبولانده است تا یکبار برای همیشه از قاب-های تنگ و آشنای خود به درآمده و به فضای باز سرد بیرون آن نقل مکان کند؟ یا شاید این جابجایی تنها موید آن است که او تنگناهای خویش را به فضای آزاد بیرون از خود نیز تعمیم می-دهد؟ قضاوت را به بیننده هوشمند این نمایشگاه وا می گذارم. خود اما ترجیح می دهم تا در برابر این نقاشی ها ایستاده و خیالبافی کنم. گویا که از پس این لباس های آویخته و از آن سوی دیوارها نوای آرام ترانه ای به گوش می آید. ترانه ای که آرام است اما غمگین نیست. شما را دعوت می کند تا رخت بر تن کرده و آماده شوید.
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کوروش صفی نیا
For those who are not familiar with Mojtaba Tajik’s background as a painter, I only point out the fact that he entered this realm from photography. In his work, significance of photography is more than just a realistic technique. From the beginning, he was aware of the importance of composition in creating images and tied a major part of his visual approach to restrained painted frames and the objects that were somehow trapped in them.
Mojtaba tajik is of the few contemporary artists who has denoted his artistic identity by recounting the visual memory of the middle class. In his earlier paintings, the stack of small and constricted boxes along with the objects they held, narrated symbolic stories of this class: solitude, isolation, trapped paper rockets, burnt flights and small and familiar objects that flew past our eyes and landed in the absolute darkness of the boxes.
His recent series displayed in this exhibition, however, could be considered as a clear conversion from his familiar world. In his new choice of objects - limited to clothes hung from hangers - the objects have fled the darkness of boxes and sat on wide and lit but concrete and cold backgrounds. Does this new approach imply the fact that Tajik has convinced himself to leave his familiar tight frames and move out to the cold but exposed outside world? Or maybe this dislocation only explains how he extends his personal limitations to the free world outside? I leave it up to the smart audience of this exhibition to make a decision. But I, personally, rather stand in front of these paintings and fantasize. As if some kind of music is heard from behind the clothes and the walls. A kind of music that is soft but not sad, inviting you to put on your clothes and get ready, as if a party is to begin…
Overview and HistoryTehran 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."Getting ThereMehrabad 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.TransportationTehran 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 CultureMore 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, RecommendationsTake 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 Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand 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.