Golab

When you're doing some work, and it becomes something else at the end, you don't certainly know what your purpose has been from this new work

It seems someone or something leads you to this direction…

I was concerned about the flower of the fire…

I was drawing the flower of smoke, corn poppy, and scar, but I don't know why it finally became Golab*…

Golab is the memory of flower and it reminds the absence of flower, and the presence of memory _the tragic memory of killing the flower, and the blood of the flower which is shot…

And isn't it true that as the history can remember the custom of this land has been taking Golab and killing it…

Golab reminds the death of flower and the ceremony of its burying…

Golab is used for washing the dead body and sprinkling on the grave, and if the dead body itself is a flower, it doesn't need any Golab. It will melt in the flower's blood, in Golab.

Mehraneh Atashi** asks me: "where is better to put the bier of Golab?" I don’t know…

Everywhere is good…

Put it in the history's good direction…

Any way you think is better… but be careful not to annoy "Golab".

"Golab" who walked along Tehran's streets, fell in love, and hoped for better days…

Golab who Amir abad valleys have missed the sound of her high heeled shoes…

Title: Tehran, row…, number…

 *Golab: a kind of liquid which is made of a kind of flower which is called Mohhammadi in Iran, and has a very good smell.  Its perfume is used in religious celebrities and ceremonies… it has some symbolic meanings like referring to martyr, death…

**Mehraneh Atashi is the name of the establisher of the exibit.

 

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