Bamdad Aminzadeh

Bamdad Aminzadeh

Bamdad Aminzadeh (b. 1991, Tehran, Iran) has received his BA in Architecture from the Islamic Azad University and his MFA in Photography from Tehran University of Art. In addition to making use of the medium of photography to express his experience of encountering the world, he has been focusing on the theoretical aspects of art. He has participated in several exhibitions such as “Home,” Jorjani Gallery in 2018, “Stories from Tehran,” Shalman Gallery, 2017, and “Noghreh” Art Festival in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Since 2016, he has been collaborating with Zard and Tandis magazines as well as several websites.
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The exploration of meaning as walking in a dark labyrinth whose parts are momentarily lit is very difficult. Comprehending the nature of this labyrinth depends on knowing its context and times that teach us how meaning is the product of texts and other linguistic contexts. The present series, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar,” with shots from Fellini’s “8½” that has launched me into the world of literature, seeks to depict the ongoing overflow of the past into the present. Making use of the concept of time, the series presents its own interpretation of one of cinema’s most personal movies in close relation to world literature in which a series of subtitles that are totally irrelevant to the original dialogs of the film are combined and juxtaposed. This quality makes it possible for the audience to replace re-interpretable phrase samples with the original subtitles of the film that have to be read passively. This new reading detaches the movie from its original context, displaying a surplus of meaning by being put in new perspectives at any given moment.

Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, still image from video, video screening, 2016-2018
Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, still image from video, video screening, 2016-2018
Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, still image from video, video screening, 2016-2018
Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, still image from video, video screening, 2016-2018
Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, installation view, 2018
Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, installation view, 2018
Bamdad Aminzadeh, “The Downfall of an Incompetent Liar”, installation view, 2018