Gohar Dashti - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, October 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Silk Road Gallery; to the present Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    As an Iranian woman born in 1980, only a year following the Iranian Revolution, Gohar Dashti’s work confronts issues of modernization and customs in a time of political turmoil. Today’s Life and War presents a symbolic heartbreaking juxtaposition in which the vitality of a young married couple appears to be smothered by a haunting military history.
    In lieu of a lavish wedding car, a burnt remnant serves as reminder of not only past turmoil but also the couple’s current immobility. Dashti claims the individuals in the image to be a “post-war couple” who are “entangled in the memories and realities of war as a background to their daily life.” History is ambiguously evoked with both a sense of nostalgic longing for traditional rites of passage as well as frustration with the aftershock of political upheaval.
    Since 2006, Dashti has been teaching photography at Art University in Tehran. She is a member of the Iranshahr Photography Society and her work has been exhibited in Iran, Germany, Romania, India and Afghanistan.


Untitld from Today's Life and War

Inkjet print.
27 1/2 x 41 3/8 in. (69.9 x 105.1 cm).
Signed and numbered 7/7 in ink on the recto.

$6,000 - 8,000 


8 October 2010
New York