Gohar Dashti


| 2017

In the Home series, you are invited into lush, dreamlike sets that tweak your expectations of the real. A house that has been overwhelmed by nature is a home deserted, cleared of its human inhabitants. People moved out, and the images show what happens when one’s home is left behind. The photographs reveal the power of nature to consume and conquer a home.
When I talk about war in my works, it refers to war in the world, and also refers to my memories about war when I was child. Usually my works start as personal perceptions. My recent work is not only a personal exploration about nature, but is also about how nature can be political. What happens to the environment when human populations are displaced or destroyed by war? People are transient while nature is a constant, immutable quantity. Nature will be here long after we are all gone.