(Image: Sissi Farassat, War Carpet, 83 x 50 cm, Swarovsky Crystals on canvas, 2011; © Galerie Kashya Hildebrand)
Sissi Farassat (b. 1969, Teheran, Iran)
Sissi Farassat’s sewn photographic art may seem idiosyncratic and in its time-consuming production even anachronistic, but it touches and reflects essential aspects of the perception and the aesthetics of the photographic image per se. For example directing the light, which is not only influenced by the technical aspects of taking pictures and its conditions, but also has a crucial role in the reception of the final images which depends on how shiny the surface of the potographic paper is, but also depends on the size of the image, the places of its presentation, the light in these places, the position of the viewer and last but not least if the photograph is put under glass or not. Photographs under glass are many times exposed to mirroring and breakings of the light. On the other hand their surface seems like under seal, and the imminent eye-contact with the photographs is interrupted by the glass. With her sequined carpets Sissi Farassat adds different kinds of highlights to the photographs while at the same time also introducing corporal and haptic qualities into the visual space …With their glitters and iridescent colors the seqined images recall splendid apartments, but also the glittery world of disco and film shows. All this glamour is, however, contrasted by the commonness or intimacy of the subject.
Education: School of Photography, conducted by Friedl Kubelka, 1993.
(Text Source: Galerie Kashya Hildebrand)