The Stone Garden
Camera: Mehrnaz Mansouri
Review by Mehdi Ganjavi and Shahab Shafe
Amidst the arid land of Sirjan, a historic city at south of Iran, a surrealistic oasis known as Stone Garden ( baqi-sangi) catches the eyes of every visitor. It is the life-long project of a rural man, called Darvish Khan (1917-2007). Myriad unanswered rumors, attributed to the cause of the creation of such tree-metal-stone garden, are prompted by the silent curse of the old man. One story says the rockery was built in a response to a governmental oppression which resulted to the demise of Darvish Khan’s garden. According to another, an eccentric reverie, in which a stone descended from the sky and fall in front of him in the desert inspired him to do so. The garden was a “pista de ballo” for the enigmatic man where he used to dance with some semi-ritual spontaneous moves.
The evaluation of this artifact has been controversial. Some critics describe it as a personal obsession with stones which bears no artistic value, and some see it as one of the most avant-garde pieces of environmental art. Parviz Kimiavi, Iranian modern filmmaker, dramatized a movie based on this garden in 1976 in which Darvish Khan himself played.
After the death of the creator, his masterpiece became the eternal haven for his body (check the black gravestone in front of the trees). It seems to me that all the trees, and the garden as a whole, are praying to his absent dancing body.
در هفته دوازدهم فصلِ سینمای مستقلِ “نهمانهسینما”، فیلم تابو ساخته ی میگوئل گومز کارگردان پرتغالی مورد بحث و بررسی قرار گرفت. این فیلم در سال 2012 در لیست بهترین فیلم های سال sight and sound رده ی دوم را به خود اختصاص داد و در لیست بهترین فیلم های سال مجله ی کایه دو سینما نیز رتبه ی هفتم را به خود اختصاص داد و از محصولات مهم سال های اخیر سینمای پرتغال محسوب می شود.
یاد یکی از بهترین قبر- مجسمه هایی که دیده ام افتادم. قبر- مجسمه ی یلتسین. رئیس جمهور پیشین روسیه. فیلمی از این قبر دارم که می توانید ببینید. این قبر پرچم روسیه است در وضعیتی ویژه. می توانید ان را پرچم در حال احتزاز ببینید، اما گرچه کم تر کسی می بیند می توانید پرچم له شده ببینید. پیچیدگی فرمی این مجسمه پیچیدگی تاریخی یلتسین را هم بازتاب می دهد.
ریویوی من از اثر “معبد” اینستالیشنی از “جان نوتن “:
“This is a provoking piece of art which was installed in one of the main streets of Toronto’s downtown. Night walkers of Toronto in the crowded la nuit blanche saw a shrine made of recycle bins. More than 100 recycle bins were delicately carved to create a Gothic cathedral. People, drunk, drowsy or sober were standing in a long row, waiting more than 20 minutes in the heart of an ongoing night, just to bow and enter into this provoking shrine. What was it? Was it to remind us of primordial shrines and their materials? Was it to criticize the religious tradition which has led to “Golden” shrines? Was it to create an atmosphere in which one could relate this space with geopolitics; the phenomena that “space” is impregnated with ideology? Should we think twice about recycles and the situation of raw materials in our chaotic contemporary world? Should a Christ-figure go in and ruin this temple of wicked men? Being in this temple, viewer had to give a certain answer to an uncertain question.”