Amir Aghareb: The Sky is [Still] Mine
The New Gallery, Sept. 26 - Oct. 28, 2022
exhibition essay by: Dr. Jordan Amirkhani
Amir’s work in The New Gallery combines traditional photography, large format photo installations and projection design. This combination is a conversation between what photography is considered and what it could be. It is also a conversation about what one is exposed to when being relocated. As an artist born in Iran that now lives in Clarksville, Amir’s recent work is about physical spaces and the similarities and difference between Tehran and Tennessee. This exhibition is built around the poem of Persian poet Sohrâb Sepehrî in which states, “No Matter where I am, the sky is [still] mine.”
Amir’s recent work is about physical spaces; he explores the similarities and differences one is exposed to when being relocated. The work is also about finding peace, where one can extend their imagination and place themselves wherever they desire. It is about looking high above when surrounded by unfamiliarity.