Vittorio Mortarotti, Anush Hamzehian


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Leica Prize – Reportage

"[…] As a kind of visual poetry (fixed and in motion) and with subtle reminiscences of refugees and displaced people around the world –and while questioning the viewer– Hamzehian and Mortarotti portray these inhabitants of the borders (and all their polysemic meanings) and in doing so place a current, sensitive and courageous topic in the horizons of contemporary art. It is a topic that neither the artists nor the art critics should omit, since our heavens are framed by ethics and poetics." (excerpt from the introduction by Andrea Díaz Mattei)

"Produced in the south of Armenia, in the city of Agarak – the only crossing point into Iran – the series documents the prevailing tension and precariousness in this transit zone. Combining photographs and audiovisual documents, the exhibition focuses on the consequences of war and exile on individuals’ fates by immersing visitors in the harshness of a disenchanted world: from migrants leaving Iran in search of freedom to women forced into prostitution, Russian soldiers defending the Armenian border against the dreaded neighbour and teenagers simply dreaming of better days." (text: images vevey)

About the photographer:
Anush Hamzehian is the son of an Iranian refugee. He was conceived in 1979, the year of the Islamic Revolution, in Tabriz during the last journey his parents took to Iran.In March 2014, the artist duo decided to get the closest they could to the country. They stayed one month on the narrow border between Armenia and Iran investigating the claustrophobia and violence of this border town as a metaphor of all frontiers.