Abbas Kiarostami – A Photographic Overture
Candlestar curated this exhibition in collaboration with Purdy Hicks Gallery in London. Abbas Kiarostami presented a series of photographic and film works celebrating the poetry he constantly finds in inanimate things – rain, roads and trees. The exhibition also featured the rarely seen short film Sleepers (first shown at the Venice Biennale in 2001). ‘Abbas Kiarostami – A Photographic Overture’ was launched to coincide with the opening of Kiarostami’s production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte at the English National Opera in May 2009.
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, on June 22, 1940. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts before working as a graphic designer. He then joined the Centre for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he founded a film section. This, at the age of 30, was the beginning of his career as a filmmaker. In addition to film work Kiarostami has attracted international acclaim for his poetry and photography. His photographic work includes Untitled Photographs, a collection of over thirty photographs of snow landscapes, taken in his hometown Tehran between 1978 and 2003. An exhibition of Kiarostami’s photographs of roads, trees and views from a car were shown at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York in 2007.
Photograph: Abbas Kiarostami, Roads, 1989, C Print (detail)