PERIPHERAL 2016/17

Wolfram Hahn began work on his most recent series of photographs in 2016 under the working title “Peripheral”. They depict an elderly lady performing body movements in what is assumed to be an industrial area. The area is in fact the different spaces around a shopping mall. Like most of his work, Wolfram Hahn began work on this series as an exploration of everyday life of everyday people in an everyday environment: “I began to explore the shopping mall because it is one of those places that act like vending machines for the requirements of the visitors; people are invited to consume and follow regular basics —and that is their pure function.” In one occasion, while hanging around the mall, he encountered the elderly lady seen in the photos, who noticing his camera, started to pose for him. Hahn’s subject grew up in the same neighborhood and like many of the people in the area, regularly socialize in the mall and its surrounding areas. The lady is always photographed outside of the mall, where the cold industrial set-up seems in contrast with her flexible and dynamic performative gestures, but become unified within her own compositional movements: she becomes part of the dialog between her own self as an object, the photographer’s eye, her subjectivity and influence and the final photograph, which itself is the result of the space formed in dialog. Although the movements and compositions seem improvisatory, the lady engages the photographer in a choreographed playfulness —in her presence, she becomes deprived of her human properties to an extent which the photographer on occasions favors abstract forms in the environment over her. Nevertheless, her dance moves almost feel like she’s the last human on earth, and in that sense, she becomes like an objective historical element. Text © Samira Hashemi & Ashkan Zahrayi

Dimensions Variable, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

Dimensions Variable, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

42 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

60 x 90 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

13 x 20 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

42 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

Dimensions Variable, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

13 x 20 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

42 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

60 x 90 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

Dimensions Variable, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

13 x 20 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

42 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

42 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

13 x 20 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

41 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

42 x 60 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

13 x 20 cm, Pigment Print, New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017