Shirana Shahbazi

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève

An exhibition by Shirana Shahbazi unfolds like a picture book on all sides, even continuing around a corner like two pages of an unexpected layout. The photographs themselves may not seem particularly notable at first glance—the kind of thing one’s seen in countless private photo albums or Internet postings. References to classical genres of painting are obvious too. These images don’t hesitate to show beauty in landscapes, portraits, or still lifes with flowers, fruit, and meat. Through the particular order of the images, though, each individual motif is treated from different, sometimes surprising points of view. Several of the photos here also appeared in different contexts in a concurrent show at Galerie Bob van Orsouw in Zurich. Often an image in black-and-white, repeatedly plastered to the wall like a series of posters, serves as the background for a hanging in rows or free-form

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