Els Vanden Meersch
Mastering The Curtains
17 x 24 cm, 92 p, ills colour, paperback, English
edition of 500
Mastering the Curtains is the result of an intensive research of 2 perspectives in the Islamic Republic of Iran: on the one hand the public and transparent, on the other hand the hidden. The first approach focuses on the content and implementation in the public space of the old popular and politicized street theatre Tazi’yeh. The second approach explores the hidden world of the Sufis and their political difficulties within the current policy. Originally, these seeming opposites have common ground in Iranian collective memory through a rendition of social and spiritual resistance. The four-year research process involved continuous oscillation between exploration and self-reflection. Reflections on religion, other and I, position and opposition, private and public, transparency and control are combined with series of images as in a ‘flow of consciousness’. The social potential of secular mysticism is distilled from this research.
With the support of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.