Photos: Azadeh Akhlaghi & Babak Kazemi
Text: Shridharani Gallery
These images are part of an ongoing exhibition entitled Staging the Past, featuring works of two Iranian photographers, Azadeh Akhlaghi and Babak Kazemi. Azadeh’s works are sweeping panoramas that are carefully researched, and staged, reconstructions of scenes of assassination from Iranian history; while Babak’s images are softer, capturing the internal struggle of a human being looking to attain “freedom”. The exhibition powerfully captures themes that resonate with the human experience — democracy, censorship, art, history and love.
In Azadeh Akhlaghi’s series, staging is of supreme importance. Akhlaghi’s “action” shots are based on written “official” eyewitness accounts that detail the assassinations of known left-leaning revolutionaries or individuals in Iran. Babak shot to prominence with his series The Exit of Shirin and Farhad, Bodies and Past Continuous Tense.
The show is on till 2 November at the Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi