Mahsa Imani was born 1989 in Tehran. She has received his BA in architecture from Azad University of Rudehen. Imani has pursued his studies by participating in Mah-e Mehr Art and Culture Institute’s courses. She has won the Sheed Award in “talented documentary photographers under 30” category in 2015.
Focusing on urbanization, while putting distance between a city and nature in order to mitigate the damages brought about by the presence of man, is one solution to preserve nature. But how effective and practical is this solution? And how early it yields profit and how substantial and significant is it?
Preserving nature calls for personal commitment and is politically and economically costly. The convolution of reaching the ideal conditions is the reason behind making those decisions. In any case, even if making a gap between nature and urbanization would be the only possible and profitable solution, it would surely have consequences and risks. The fundamental need of man for maintaining a connection with nature is proven in various sciences and philosophies, so much so that Heidegger describes a man estranged from nature as homeless.
Now, beyond this solution, how this fundamental need of man can be met? Parks and green spaces are made to create such a distance, but how far can they be effective? What are the consequences of leaving the question unanswered?
These photographs look at a city with a little or no nature: a mere glance to the appearance of what is left after the separation.
Mahsa Imani, 2016