Rossi & Rossi is honoured to participate in the inaugural Kabinett sector of Art Basel Hong Kong with the photographic work of legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
Shot in his native Iran in 2002, Kiarostami’s Snow series photographs verge on abstraction, and, much like his films, are concerned with reducing a subject to its essence. He compared his photography to haiku and literati paintings, both mediums that celebrate the natural environment through a minimalist aesthetic. For Kiarostami, the act of photography was primarily a form of existential introversion, a restorative reflection and connection with his self, a form of therapy away from the urban sprawl. The series is intended to engage viewers in an environment that infers the introspective element of Kiarostami’s art.
Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016) was a renowned Iranian film director, poet, photographer and screenwriter. Active from the early 1970s, he is among the most honoured film directors; he was awarded the Palme d’Or for Taste of Cherry in 1997. His photographs capture themes of landscape and nature using a simple contemplative approach. “Not being able to feel the pleasure of seeing a magnificent landscape with someone else is a form of torture,” the artist has said. “That is why I started taking photographs. I wanted somehow to eternalise those moments of passion and pain”.