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Antoin Sevruguin: “photographies artistiques” of the Iranian past

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Antoin Sevruguin: “photographies artistiques” of the Iranian past (Online Gallery Talk)

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When Sevruguin photographed the monuments of ancient Iran, his approach was not one of merely documentation; he also sought to create artistic photographs of these monuments. Ancient Iranian rock reliefs, carved on the sides of mountains mainly by the Sasanian kings (AD 224–651), have important politico-historical dimensions (Who is represented? For what reason? To claim legitimate power? To celebrate a victory?). Using Sevruguin’s eyes (and camera) drives us to look at these reliefs as major artistic productions of Iran in late antiquity. Regarding Sevruguin as he is regarding the past is a reminder that beyond political history, there are also technical feats and much beauty. Focusing on Sevruguin’s photographs of Sasanian rock reliefs, including the two that are part of the OI Museum’s collection and featured in the current exhibition, Delphine Poinsot, OI postdoctoral scholar, will discuss how Sevruguin's work is artistic, and not only documentary, and how this artistic dimension can be a vector of understanding and knowledge for the art historian of ancient Iran.

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