Depictions of LAFT
Space of Laft is textual, discoverable, non-perspective and its architecture is non-objective. A natural logic generates the fragments and the hole, relates them to each other and to the natural context.
Natural-type variety of Laft, with its monotone materiality and rhythm of the wind catchers, creates a united image which makes it perceptible in a unique wall.
I am not sure if it had been intentional or intuitive, but the artist has been successful in well representing Laftas I described.
Moreover, the authenticity, cultural value, documentary approach and the simplicity of her depictions, give it more value for evaluating.
Mohammad Mohammadzadeh, Architect
The artist’s point of view, keeps Laft yet being remembered.
Being an architect and at the same time, a painter is a unique opportunity which depicts in the artist’s works.
Sarvenaz refers to Persian FIat tradition of representation and keeps herself away from European tradition of perspective view representation.
Houses in her depictions have got sunburned colors and smell of the gulf sea.
It seems that the artist’s world will continue living somewhere in between Laft and her paintings in the future, and creates new visions for her.
Mohammadreza Ghorbani, Painter
The main motivation for finding a concrete original subject to create my work, was challenging my confusing status in the border of the two different worlds, I mean art and Architecture, as well as the shortage of real sources helping me through doubtful moments.
I spent less than a decade of my life in the south of Iran and got familiar and interested in its people, nature, Culture, Architecture and art.
I traveled to Laft in 2010 to explore the beauty and history behind it when I was a senior Architecture student.
Three years ago, something led my mind to the Laft beach again, conquered my mind, and I turned it into pictures.
Moreover, my enthusiasm for experiencing the conventional methods of Persian representation, ended up with the present depictions.
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.