THE GRADUAL DISAPPEARANCE OF THINGS

Mehrdad Afsari

Publisher: Mohsen Gallery

Price: 750,000 IRR

The collection entitled “The gradual disappearance of things” is the result of a ten-year project. The idea was first sparked in my mind after reading Walter Benjamin’s controversial essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproducibility”, where Benjamin has discussed such issues as “aura” that surrounds a work of art, uniqueness of the work of art, art for general public, plurality, …

Ever since my involvement in the world of photographic nature of photography (where it depicts more than what pictures show), it was one of my major mental concerns. To be true, the interest in this magical and indefinable photographic nature became stronger and stronger in me day by day. One of the preliminary definitions of photographic nature is copying and reproducing the world. Photography copies the world shot by shot and reproduces that part of nature for indefinite times. Photos register a moment that has passed and it is interesting to know that photography brings the past moments into “existence”. In this collection, we see pictures repeated on negatives 36 times with almost 10 seconds time interval between the first and last frame. They seem the same pictures but they are not, since times are different. I have selected the scenes chiefly based on my photographic sensibility. This means I have taken photos from the scenes attracting my attention and arousing my sentiments. This is because the incident itself was important for me as a medium.

36 frames in 36 photos reproduced in 36 versions putting on display a total of 46656 frames of the moments done.