Babak Kazemi

Tehran, IR

'The images of Babak Kazemi (b. 1983, Iran) reflect on his upbringing in Khuzestan in Southwestern Iran, a province rich in oil but decimated by war. Large format cameras merge with chemical alchemy, engaging with a rich history of traditions and modern conflict. Having witnessed the atrocities of the Iran-Iraq War as a child, he explores themes of trauma and collective memory, often utilizing found, family and archival material. Self-taught, Kazemi was fascinated by photography from a young age - by thirteen he had mastered many traditional techniques including developing film. Seeing the darkroom as a space of opportunity, he continues to draw on methods of manipulation and transformation.'

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