نقش های روی دیوارها به بخشی جدایی ناپذیر از روح شهرها مبدل شده اند. دیوارهای خیابان ها عرصه ی نقوشی آزاد و بی واسطه میان خالق اثر و شهروندان رهگذر هستند، این پدیده شهری محدودیت های موجود را می شکند، حرف های ناگفته را در فضای عمومی به تصویر می کشد، کلام و احساس آدمی را به عنوان امری خصوصی مبدل به تصویری عمومی می کند که درمعرض دید همگان قرار می گیرد
در گذر از خیابان ها نمادی ساده و شاید حتی کلیشه ای توجهم را جلب کرد؛ نمادی که حتی نشان از سعی و کوشش برای تولید اثری هنری و ناب را نداشت و صرفا روایتی ساده از آشناترین و درعین حال پیچیده ترین خلق و خوی انسانی است. تکرار، تعدد و تنوع قلب های کشیده شده توسط هنرمندان گرافیتی کار، شهروندان و مسافران در گوشه و کنار سطوح شهر تورنتو من را بر آن داشت که به شهر های بیشتری به این منظور سفر کنم که قلب ها را در فریم عکاسی ام ثبت کنم
قلب های روی دیوار ها جملگی اشاره به عشق دارند؛ به نيرویی كه ما را از خود رها ميكند براى رسيدن دوباره به خود؛ در عشق نگاه مى كنيم ، مى جوييم ، ديده مى شويم تا كه باشيم ، بمانيم و پرنگ شويم
سیصد و شصت و پنج قلب یافته شده در این نمایشگاه حاصل چهار سال جستجوی قلب هاى گمنامی بر دیوارهای شهرهاست که ازمیان هزاران عکسى كه گرفتم انتخاب شده اند، شاید حضورشان در مکان عمومی و تصویر شدن شان بر روی بتن ها درپی یافتن گواهی برای جاودانگی شان باشد، چنانچه تا امروز نیز اثری از بسیاری از آن تصاویر و عشق ها باقی نمانده است،
تکرار و ثبت قلب ها اکنون و در این نمایشگاه جدای از به تحفه آوردن عشق از شهرهای مختلفی چون تورنتو، نیویورک، لس آنجلس، پاریس، لندن، تهران، برلین و میلان تلاشی است در جهت به تاخیر انداختن میرایی عشق که می خواهد همواره پایدار بماند
Urban Grafﬁti is a constituting aspect of sense of place and urban identity in contemporary cities. The Grafﬁti places of occurrence, that is, urban walls, function as medium of meaning between Grafﬁti author-creator and the urban crowd. As medium of choice, Grafﬁti negotiates established structures of power and control and transforms personal manifestos into a matter of public interest and discourse.
While wondering in the city the most mundane of all Grafﬁti’ ’the heart’’ caught my attention Without any recourse to high-culture, “the Heart” is a humble manifestation of a basic human instinct ,The sheer volume and frequency of its occurrence in urban Grafﬁti of a given city, the City of Toronto persuaded me to expand my investigation of its life to other cities as well. As a result, I have made it a personal project to document as many hearts as possible in any cities I could visit.
All heart shapes in urban Grafﬁti, includes variations of illustrated hearts, imply a connection to ‘’Love’’, as the liberating force that allows one to free from oneself, only to re-ﬁnd oneself. It is only through “Love,” that one is seen and acknowledged, to be, to thrive to be and to have a more pronounced existence.
The collection of 365 found hearts in this exhibition, is the result of over four years of a thorough search and photographic documentation of the work of those anonymous artists that have modiﬁed the visual ﬁeld of the urban crowd using Grafﬁti as their medium of choice. As such, in a try to offer a visual history of love within its urban context, the exhibition aims for transformation of “the ephemeral” to that, which survives the tyranny of time and even space, from Toronto, to Los Angles, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Milan, and to Tehran.
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.