CerModern, licenced and accredited by the newly organised Abbas Kiarostami Foundation, would like to present to you Abbas Kiarostami’s last exhibition.
This collection of photographs taken by Abbas Kiarostami was put together by the artist himself; the 43 digitally created images were printed in Istanbul December 2015 by Kiarostami with Canon specialists using 12 colourprinting on Hahnemühle Canvas Artist canvas. Mounted on Birchwood frames designed by the artist, the museum collection we would like to offer you is the last photographic work by Kiarostami. These images have not yet been printed in any books or been on exhibit besides CerModern Arts Centre in 2016.
Abbas Kiarostami (born 1940) is an internationally acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries, and attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy, A Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us.
Kiarostami is also a poet, photographer, painter, he is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Sales, Bahram Beizai and Parviz Kimiavi. The filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialogue and allegorical storytelling dealing with political and philosophical issues. Kiarostami, along with Ridley Scott, Jean Cocteau, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Derek Jarman and Gulzar, is part of a tradition of filmmakers whose artistic expressions are not restricted to one medium, but who show the ability to use other forms such as poetry, set designs, painting, or photography to relate their interpretation of the world we live in and to illustrate their understanding of our preoccupations and identities.
Kiarostami is also a noted Photographer and poet. A bilingual collection of more than 200 of his poems, Walking with the Wind, was published by Harvard University Press. His photographic work includes Untitled Photographs, a collection of over thirty photographs, essentially of snow landscapes, taken in his hometown Tehran, between 1978 and 2003. An exhibition of Kiarostami’s photographs of roads, trees and views from a car were shown at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in 2007. Premiered at the Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 in New York on March 1, 2007, Abbas Kiarostami: Image Makercomprised 33 short and feature films, two media installation works, and a comprehensive exhibition of photographs featuring selections from Snow White (1978- 2003) and Roads(1978-2003), Rain (2006) and Trees and Crows (2006) as well as the installation Summer
An exhibition in cooperation with CermodernArtsCenter
43 photographs / 250 x 165 cm
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