Exhibition - Labyrinth
June 2010, Etemad Gallery/ Tehran

When I look at you, I see a complex of feelings and actions in you at the same time.
I want not to judge and not to expect, just want to be fair to all the details you are made of.
Your thoughts appear in your face, which is taking you from the past to the future even in the moment of now.
Your body language is talking to me also.
I want to show YOU to you in the most minimalistic way, regardless of Time and SPACE.
By conceiving YOU, I will immortalize you for the posterity.
The posterity who identify you by seeing YOU the way I am SEEING YOU …
 
In life we cannot delete or retouch.
To respect the truth as the concept of my work, the images I make are directly made through their unique B&W medium format negative without any retouching.
Photography means DRAWING BY LIGHT.
In my work I am drawing by light what I see…    

 
Today you are encountering Kimia s fourth exhibition in which she faces mankind and people. In her first exhibition she looked people as a whole without realising that at some point in the future she would move from the whole to the part. Well, up to this point the task was simple. In her second exhibition she approached people from behind without showing their faces and asked: "Is It Important?" Her task became more complicated here; she dragged Einstein s theory of relativity into her work. Is it important? Depends on the topic and the person. Is it important that millions of women and children are slaughtered at the hands of a professional koller called Amr Al Bashir? Or you may want to get married tomorrow? Here comes bride.....which is more important? Are you following me?
In her third exhibition she focused on mankind by going into the details of faces. Mankind, 7 billion of whom are wondering the earth, some of them are seekers and some are being seeked. One of them is Gordon Brown the newly defeated ex prime minister of Britain who is now seeking a job another is the Sheikh of Dubai who is seeking the islands of Tunb and Abu Musa as his....godd bless his mother!
Today, Kimia is once again facing  acreature called man or human. She has created images made of lines, devoid of grey: she has called this collection "Maze" or "labyrinth" which is a Greek word that has  found its way into French. I prefer this second word as it is more expressive.
when you explore the philosophy of her work, when you look at the choice of black background and the lines which have no beginning or end, you will wonder where Kimia is planning to take the viewer.Is Kimia taking us into the labyrinth of life through these images?
I was sparring with a philosopher one day and told him, you guys sit behind your desks and weave a maza of convoluted word. Some poor soul like me can read these words and understand the parts but when it comes to the whole, we cant make head or tail of it. And even then, your words only make sense at the time and just for yourselves, because if you come out from behind your desks one day and take a stroll with us through the streets and look at people through our eyes you will see its not the way you tell it.
The meeting of photographers with life and people is far more realistic than the same encounter by other thinkers, just as we see in Kimia s photographs. Whit all the exist in the work of photography, we see how Kimia expertly depicts man in his confusion and turmoil.
She has chosen the best style and technioue to illustrate this turmoil. Black which is the symbol of not knowing and the lost and confused white lines for showing this being which regards itself as all knowing but simply doesnt know...
                                                                                       Kamran Adle



PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMIA RAHGOZAR
In her last collection of photography, Kimia Rahgozar has taken a step in the area social phography. 
One of her earlier collections called " People" was exhibited in 7Samar in 2004. These photographs which are long shots, are mainly about people in society being involved in social and / or emotional interaction.
the photographer seems to be sitting afar at a "safe" distant and sharing her experiences of ordinary
people in the streets.in her other collections entitled "Important?" and "Adam", she uses the techniques of medium shot and close ups to reduce this distance and get closer to the subject (Which remain ordinary people). The person who sees the end product, the observer, automatically, and under the influence of the phographer, finds the subject increasingly more interesting, plausible and complex. These aspects reach their height in the present collection of photos entitled "Labyrinth". The phographer creates an abstract feeling by mixing several frames, using twilights and using a vague mixture of light cast on faces and bodies. This abstract form seems to serve as symbol of man,s complex personality and inner being.
If we choose to call this a developmental process in the professional growth of the photographer, we must also presume that the formation of this process has not been entirely conscious on the part of the photographer. It seems that the phographer, quite naturally, and at first, has taken a distant look at her subject and then taking advantage of her deep and sensitive perspective, has got closer and closer to the subject. I feel that she has succeeded in transferring the depth of her perspective to those who see her work.
Although all Kimia Rahgozar,s works are strongly suggestive of social relationships, the long shots denote a relationship between individuals, whether a group with each other or one person with others. The other set of photographs seem to suggest a relationship between the subject and the observer(The person who is watching the picture). The present collection, whith its abstract connotations, is most intresting in that it seems to be more a relationship between the phographer and the subject. In other words, I feel that what is salient is the phographer,s analysis and inner interpretation, not her mere perception and view of the subject which is recorded via the mechanical mechanism of a camera.
                                           SHAHRIAR SHAHIDI
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