Ruin Is the Beginning

Jan. 9, 2018

Kassra Salehi,

Hesam Rahbar

Roya Rajaei


Mohsen Projects > Pasio

January 12 – February 02, 2018, 4 – 9 pm


Empty cavities in a void and porous volume into which the wind can blow: it seems like the remnant of a creature, long dead, rotten on the inside, the skin decomposed on the outside. It has become hollow for an invisible entity to pass through.

A desolate place in a humid climate, the bark of the trees is covered with moss. Mist and moisture make it impossible to see the distance. A thick carpet of dead leaves is formed on the surface of the soil. Beneath this surface, there is life on a different scale.

A carcass in the woods; a creature that once had the breath of life, is now foot for others; a body fragmented into tens of thousands of particles, continuing to exist in now living creatures: a full-fledged, overwhelming demonstration of the great power of life, coming out of ruin, destruction, and perdition.

“Ruin Is the Beginning” is a constantly transforming creature in the midst of a dramatic resurrection, in a state of suspended animation, between heaven and earth, between inexistence and coming into being. A wandering ghost, half-awake, hoping to see the glory of life running in its veins once again, reveals its face to us. A profile that looks both hideous and stunning. A body both sterile and pregnant. It depends on the eyes of the beholder.


Information for journalists

Kassra Salehi (b. 1982, Tehran, Iran) has a BA in Painting from Faculty of Art and Architecture of Islamic Azad University. He started his career by distancing from painting and making self-standing objects. So far, he has made four installations in private spaces based on the idea of destruction.

Hesam Rahbar (b. 1984, Tehran, Iran) is a graduate of Theater, focusing on filmmaking. Since 2007, he has made 3 films and several installations.

Roya Rajaei (b. 1984, Tehran, Iran) has studied Graphic Design. She is currently working in the fields of painting, installation, and digital design. She has participated in several group exhibitions and urban projects and has collaborated in making a number of installations.