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The photographs from the Stateless series show scenes of departure and exile fluctuating between the absurd and the dramatic, which instantly cre- ate a compassionate relation to their protagonists.

There is a particular atmos- phere in these images, ema- nating from the encounter of the situation exhibited and the context in which it takes place, written like an “enigmatic tale” with roots in the artist’ own experience. Indeed, they contain a very autobiograph- ical element: the artist grew up during the Iran-Iraq war, and his family was forced to move from Southern Iran to the North, a forced departure and a childhood in times of war that an entire generation, that of Gohar Dashti, can never for- get.

This series, of which two pho- tographs are presented here, was created in Qeshm, an Ira- nian island in the Persian Gulf that possesses a particularly impressive landscape of rocks and canyons, a landscape that reinforces the work’s symbolic and dramaturgical character, highlighting the way the body of the refugee is projected in the midst of an arid and exog- enous environment.

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Courtesy: the artist and Officine dell’Immagine.

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