AG Galerie, Tehran, Iran
“Mehrali documents the wild landscapes of the Hyrcanian Forest, a conflicted area between Iran and Azerbaijan which holds great personal and political significance for the artist.“
Mehrali Razaghmanesh (b. 1983, Iran) ventures into the landscape of his childhood. The artist’s latest series, A or I depicts the ancient Hyrcanian Forests, a vast area of land which stretches across two territories locked in bureaucratic dispute. His haunting work captures the timelessness of the trees, whose origin date back to the Jurassic era. But within the peaceful beauty is an unspoken presence. Without legal protection, the site has succumbed to unsustainable deforestation, poaching and farming. Contextualised by conflict and rapid urban development in Tehran, Razaghmanesh’s focus on the forests is pointillistic. He is shedding light on what is left to lose.
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