Mourning

Majid Biglari

Living among the ruins is not unusual in today’s life. As a matter of fact, it has become an inseparable part of life. Even the subdued experience of living in the new world order will not take it away from us. Because images, news, and information are readily available to us, we find ourselves among the ruins almost everywhere. This availability of information, however, is not aimed to increase awareness and prevent them, but to normalize them and keep people in ignorance. Memorials such as stairs, billboards, and tall walls do not bear the traces of the incidents anymore. With the accumulation of these bitter memories, they are like useless, fake bodies; they are like structures that reproduce an aestheticized versions of disasters, while they have become a part of it in the meantime.
When humanity does not even have time to mourn, monuments of oblivion are produced one after the other in old and new formats. Numbers lose their expressiveness and return to their formal, abstract nature. Everything is meticulously used to produce and reproduce ruins.

Majid Biglari, “Memorial No.1”, from “Mourning” series, mixed media (wood, mdf, screw, paint, concrete, glue, paper), 26 x 26 x 122.5 cm, 2019
Majid Biglari, “Memorial No.10”, from “Mourning” series, mixed media (wood, mdf, screw, paint, paraffin wax, glue, paper), 21 x 31.5 x 70.5 cm, 2019
Majid Biglari, “Non-information”, from “Mourning” series, mixed media (paint, glue, paper, leather, wax coated thread), 26 x 145 cm, 2019