RRB Photobooks and IC Visual Lab are pleased to present the project Where Time Stood Still by Amak Mahmoodian. This as-yet untitled book will be published in Autumn 2019.
In Where Time Stood Still the artist draws on imagery from the 19th Century Golestan archives in Tehran and photographs she took in Iran ten years ago to explore feelings of loss and separation from her family and homeland. Mahmoodian’s family and friends conceal their faces behind ‘historical masks’ as they act out everyday actions in familiar domestic settings. The artist combines these images with landscapes and intimate portraits of her father and mother, including the complex tattoos on her father’s body representing his life story.
Amak Mahmoodian is an artist born in Shiraz and lives in Bristol, UK. In 2015, she completed a practice based doctorate in photography at the University of South Wales, having previously studied at the Art University of Tehran. The artist’s work questions Western notions of identity, expressing personal stories that pertain to wider social issues which draws on her experiences in the Middle East, Asia and the West. Her previous project, Shenasnameh, has been widely exhibited internationally and the accompanying artist photobook won many awards and critical acclaim in publications as diverse as Time magazine, Lensculture and Foam magazine. In addition to her own artistic practice, Mahmoodian is a curator and through the Ffotogallery touring exhibition Bi nam – Image and Identity in Iran she provided first European exposure for emergent Iranian artists and photographers, presenting work previously unseen outside Iran. www.amakmahmoodian.co.uk
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“The desire to be home and the sorrow of separation create a new narrative, which is now the narrative of my life. The hope of return transformed my pictures into people whom I love, miss and have lost. The subjects carry the masks of the past, but they are still there. They are present. The masks could be carried by anyone and anyone could become a mask” - Amak Mahmoodian