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Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art / Arab & Iranian

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Abbas Kiarostami
B. 1940
SNOW WHITE 5
signed and numbered 1/1 on the reverse
gelatin silver print on canvas
215.5 by 140cm.; 84 7/8 by 55 1/8 in.
Executed in 2004.
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Exhibited

Dubai, Meem Gallery, Parviz Tanavoli and Abbas Kiarostami, 2009-2010

Catalogue Note

One of Iran's most accomplished visionaries, Abbas Kiarostami is known for both his notable contributions to world cinema and photography. A key player in the New Wave Cinema movement in Iran, Kiarostami is a figure-head of a cinematic style that emerged in 1969 employing poetic dialogue and symbolism to grapple with questions of socio-political and philosophical significance.

Abbas Kiarostami's films are couched in a romantic narrative, but they are a grim treatise on everyday life and the human condition, conversely though, his photography is considered a celebration of nature. In the series Snow White Kiarostami captures the natural beauty of the Iranian landscape in monochrome. The contrast of light and shadow and black and white in these lyrical snow-scapes is both introspective and deeply moving, by capturing the grandeur of the pristine natural world Kiarostami provides a welcome escape from the everyday.

In the present work the artist provides a sweeping view of mountain tops capped with snow, framing a cloud of ravens. This shot is arguably the most dramatic from the entire series, and is a breathtaking meditation on the vastness of nature.

Contemporary Art / Arab & Iranian

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London