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Coffeeshop Ladies I, 2005; Mapar, Mandana Australia; 2005; 2008-6-005

Coffeeshop Ladies I, 2005, Ghasemi, Amirali     Iran, 2005, 2008-6-005
Name/Title
Coffeeshop Ladies I, 2005
About this object
The images are documentary photos taken by the artist at Tehran’s most popular cafes (or coffee shops as they are called in Iran).
Artist statement: Coffee shops in Iran are an important symbol of social freedom due to the absence of other proper public spaces to meet. It’s a place where both splendidly motivated youngsters & intellectual brains gather, and it is also a meeting place for the journalists.
The faces of young ladies in these photos are hidden by blank spaces (stickers). By reducing the level of information that each photo can offer to the visitors, the artist has tried to prevent the Media from easily misusing, manipulating or interrupting the image in a mass global scale. But the connection is not lost completely as visitors (users) are left to explore an interactive program based on the photos to know more about these ladies by clicking & listening.
Amirali refers to an interactive PC based component of his work, which is represented in this exhibition by photographic digital stills.
Place Made
Iran
Maker
Mapar, Mandana Australia
Maker Role
Curator
Maker
Ghasemi, Amirali Iran
Maker Role
Artist
Date Made
2005
Medium and Materials
digital print on photographic paper
Subject and Association Description
scenes from inside a coffee shop in Tehran with women's faces blanked out
Collection
Ey! Iran: Contemporary Iranian Photography - Lopdell House Gallery 12 June - 3 August 2008
Credit Line
Gold Coast City Art Gallery touring exhibition
Object Type
colour photograph
Object number
2008-6-005

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