Omid Mehdizadeh (b. 1984, Tehran, Iran) has held 9 solo shows and has participated in more than 30 foreign and domestic group exhibitions. Mehdizadeh was selected as the top artist in Germany’s Hans Christian Anderson Award in 2002, and won the photography and poster design award at Vienna Independent Shorts in 2006.
Folly’s appearance is independent of era or locality; it is timeless and universal. Moreover, it is not peculiar to nation or class. It has been a chronic and pervasive problem. Folly has two main characteristics: it often does not spring from a great design, and its consequences are frequently a surprise. The folly lies in persisting thereafter. If pursuing disadvantage after the disadvantage has become obvious is irrational, then rejection of reason is the prime characteristic of folly.
The reason for concern is that folly in government has more impact on more people than individual follies and therefore governments have a greater duty to act according to reason. Just so, and since this has been known for a very long time, why has not our species taken precautions and erected safeguards against it?
Excerpts from The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman