Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

 

Iranian photographer was born in Ahwaz, during the 1980s and amidst the devastation of the Iran-Iraq war. She’s now one of Iran’s most prevalent artistic exports, and has work in the collection of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and has exhibited in Rio, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Boston, and Milan. Wartime and the displacement of people from home and landscape permeate her images. Gohar’s most recent series of work is Home—a collection of abandoned rooms and homes now taken over by nature.

Taken in her native Iran, the series reveals homes overrun with moss, yellowing pines, towering stalks of wheat, piled vines, and a bed of red, yellow, and violet poppies. Each image is a little jarring—where the natural world seems alien and forceful and potent in a once-upon-a-time human setting, now devoid of humans.

For Gohar, Home is a personal exploration of nature. But there is politics here too: nature always finds a way, even in the most adverse of settings, and a new post-war world has sprouted amongst the ruins of what’s passed and been destroyed. People, and our fraught lives filled with things, however, are more ephemeral.

 

Related: Christopher Rimmer’s Haunting Images Of Abandoned Towns Buried By Sand.

 

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

Iranian Abandoned & Overgrown Homes Captured by Gohar Dashti | Yellowtrace

 


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About The Author

Sammy Preston

Sammy Preston is a writer, editor, and curator living in Sydney. Working especially within art and design, and then lifestyle and culture more broadly, Sammy is a senior writer at Broadsheet, and a contributing digital editor at Foxtel's Lifestyle platform. Sammy also contributes regularly to art and design press like VAULT Magazine, Art Collector, Art Edit, Habitus, and Indesign magazines. She's written art essays for MUSEUM, exhibition texts for Sophie Gannon Gallery, and has worked as an arts and culture editor for FBi Radio. In 2016, she worked as part of the editorial team for Indesign Magazine as digital editor during the publication's pivotal print and website redesign. Sammy was also the founding manager and curator of contemporary art space Gallery 2010—a curator-run initiative housed within a Surry Hills loading dock. The gallery hosted exhibitions with emerging and established artists from 2012 until 2016.

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