قلعه ي خيال آدم ها چگونه ساخته مي شود؟
آن بناي فراواقعي وهم!
هم آن جا که در فاصله ي اندک از آگاهي و شک است.
هم آن خيالِ آدمي که چون بادکنکي است با نخي بلند در دست خويشتن يا دست ديگري و پريشان است در دست باد!
کار هنر براي من يک واکنش خودآگاه است به شيوه ي هيجان انگيز و غريزيِ تخيلِ افسارگسيخته.
خيال ورزيِ مهار ناشدني در مورد همه چيز. کيفيتي که خوشي ها و حسرت هايم به آن ربط دارد!
دل در گرو شوخي هاي مهلک با خودم بسته ام در نمايشي از انهدام شکوه انساني.
با بازنمايي آدم هاي دور و برم، "شهروندان درجه سوم".
مي توانم نام اين ولگردي خيال با پاهاي هرزه گرد را بگذارم، "پياده روي با مغز"!
ما در حال تخريبِ بي رحمانه و انتقام جويانه ي زيبايي کلاسيک هستيم. اما ايدئولوژي هاي مرسوم بازدارنده اند، آن تلاش هاي مذبوحانه در جهت ساختن تصوير کامل، دنياي غيرقابل پيش بيني مرا مشوش مي کند.
نمي گذارد احساس کنم هنر امري ساده است ولو عجيب.
اما سرچشمه ي همه اين ها در جايي است که دقيقن واضح نيست مانند خوابي که با چشماني کاملن باز يا ناگشوده، شايد نيمه باز ديده ام. چونان تجسم وهم، مثل تماشاي طولاني پروانه اي از فاصله ي خيلي دور يا بسيار بسيار نزديک، مثل خاطره ي پرسه هاي طولانيِ سالهاي کودکي و نوجواني در باغِ بزرگِ پرنده و گل و درخت و جانور؛باغِ پدربزرگ.
باغِ قلعه هاي فراواقعي!
حالا اگر روزي در باغچه ي خانه ام، يک پاي ظريفِ زنانه با جورابِ تور توريِ مَجِنتا، که در پوستش لکه هايي کبود نمايان است و بال هايي بزرگ وآبستره با رنگمايه اي از قرمز هندي و آبي لاجورد در زمينه اي سياه به آن متصل است، ببينم، خيلي هم غافلگير نخواهم شد.
دوست دارم اين طور فاصله ي بين خاطره، تخيل، زندگي و خلق کردن را به صفر نزديک کنم، پس راهم را به سوي آن قلعه، در مقصدي ناشناخته کج مي کنم.
نقاشي مي کنم با کمي پوست و گوشت و خون!
و مي دانم کافي است!
امين باقري. پاييز 93
How is man’s castle of imagination made? That unreal structure of illusion! That point on the border of awareness and doubt. That power of creation of the man’s mind which resembles a balloon with a long thread in his hand or in someone else’s hand, and is baffled in the hands of the wind!
For me, the work of art is a conscious reaction, formed by means of an exciting and instinctive rebellious imagination. An uncontrollable envision about everything. The quality to which my ecstasies and envies are related.
I have fallen in love with fatal jokes about myself, in a demonstration of destructing the glory of humanity, and by recreating the image of the people around me, "the third-class citizens". I can call this wandering of imagination with whore feet; "walking with brain"!
We are destroying the classic beauty so cruelly and so vengefully. Those common ideologies are being so deterrent… those fizzle efforts to make a perfect image, intimidate my unpredictable world. They do not let me feel that art is a simple, yet strange matter.
But the source of all these, is somewhere rather vague. Like a dream that I have had with wide-open or maybe half-open eyes. Like imagining an illusion, like watching a butterfly from way too far or way too close, like the memory of our childhood ramblings in the big garden of birds, trees, flowers and other creatures. My grandpa’s garden. The garden of imaginary castles.
As of now, I will not be very surprised if one day I see a delicate female foot in the garden of my house, wearing magenta fishnet tights, with blue spots on her skin and large abstract patterned wings colored in Indian red and cobalt blue on a black background, attached to it.
I wish to eliminate the distance between memory, imagination, life and creation; so I divert my way to that castle in an unknown destination.
I paint, with a little bit of skin, meat and blood!
And I know it is enough!
Amin Bagheri 2015
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.