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Selected Works by Dariush Nehdaran

Artist Statement

The Life of Shadows

 

“When we stand, they fall
When we sit, they crumble
When we walk, they shiver
And when we sleep, they whirl…”


Face the wall, your back to the window, look through the window while waiting for the sun to shine again, waiting for us to appear again… then we can mingle with the Zebra stripes on the pedestrian crossing, and melt in the gray asphalt of the road, lest a car drives over them. But we never wait. We crawl in between the cars, and dance on the zebra crossing.


By the time we make it to the other side of the road, they are finished. They change names and colors, and melt in the dark night. But we are still alive. Far from the gray human world, we turn the wheel of life; we live and grow in our pitch black world.”


In this body of work, unlike the multi-dimensional humans, my shadows are single-dimensional. The shadows simply show what they are. By flipping and rotating the images, our real lives are replaced with those of the shadows; but despite the distorted reality, the shadows are distinguishable. They are now the real images.

The Shelter, The Life Of Shadows Series, 2011, Digital photography/Gelatin silver print, 27.5″x41″

The Border, The Life Of Shadows Series, 2011, Digital photography/Gelatin silver print, 27.5″x41″

Untitled (11), The Life Of Shadows Series, 2011, Digital photography/Gelatin silver print, 27.5″x41″

Untitled (13), The Life Of Shadows Series, 2011, Digital photography/Gelatin silver print, 27.5″x41″

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