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Shirin Art Gallery Jun 2013 Group Exhibition Ecology Home System 02
Tehran
زیست‌خانه
زیست‌خانه مجموعه‌ای است که به پرسش و طرح سؤال در مورد زیست‌محیط اختصاص دارد؛ چرخشی که هنرمندان امروز از چشم‌انداز به زیست‌کره داشته‌اند. آثار حاضر به جنبه‌های شخصی تا عمومی اشاره می‌کند و برداشت هنرمندان را نسبت به این موضوع آشکار می‌سازد. حیوانات و گیاهان و وضعیت خاک و آب و هوا برای نسل‌های آینده چشم‌انداز روشنی را ندارد و سرمایه و جمعیت همواره تهدیدکننده‌ی وضعیت متعادل طبیعت است. باید اعتراف کرد که اگر نقدهای زیست‌محیطی نباشد همین فکر نیز در جریان روزمره‌ی وقایع از یاد می‌رود. نقاشی منظره و عناصر طبیعت و حیوانات در این آثار تنها نشان‌دهنده‌ی خود نیستند، بلکه به امکان هم‌نشینی بهتر یا یأس یا انتقادی اشاره می‌کنند که در روابط میان انسان و طبیعت است. تغییرات اساسی در نگرش ما نسبت به زیست‌کره نیازمند یک کوشش جهانی است و هنر تنها می‌تواند به اهمیت زیست‌خانه اشاره کند و تصویری متفاوت از آن نشان دهد. هنوز فرصتی هست تا آینده را با نگرش بهتری بسازیم.
بهنام کامرانی
/eco.ho.sis/*
/eco.ho.sis/ is a series of works dealing with the question of the ecology, asking questions; the movement from landscape to biosphere by today’s artists. The current works contain personal to general aspects, and show the perceptions of the artists from the subject. Animals and plants and the conditions of soil and water and air do not reveal a bright view for future generations and capital and population are continuous risks to nature’s equilibrium. We must confess that if ecological critiques did not exist, this very thought would even be forgotten in the routine flow of events. Painting landscapes and elements of nature and animals in these works do not merely present themselves, but refer to the possibility of better cohabitation or despair or the criticism that sits in between the relationship of human and nature. Fundamental changes in our view to the biosphere needs an international effort and art can only denote the importance of /eco.ho.sis/ and show a different image of it. There is still a chance to build the future with a better attitude.
* ecology.home.system
Behnam Kamrani

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