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Flower, 2005, video projection on Painting on Canvas, 210 x 300 cm

Prologue: We see the image of a man, standing in front of the wall of a house. To the left of him it is possible to make out part of a barred basement window. The man wears a dark suit and a light shirt, and he is carefully shaven. But the trouser-legs of the suit are a little too short for the wearer’s body. The man is holding a light blue suitcase in his left hand, and he extends his right - holding a blossoming red rose - towards the viewers. His expression is serious and reserved.

On the one hand, in Shahram Entekhabi’s video work Flower (2004) this image is a painting measuring 210 x 300 cm, but it is also a projection surface in various senses of the expression. In formal terms, a street scene with passers-by walking past is projected onto the background of the painted picture; onto the wall of the house. The video projection sets the painting alight. This is accompanied by a valuation of content, for the painted figure cannot be seen on the video image and thus attains a different materiality within the overall impression. It neither fits into the radiant effect of the painting, nor is it integrated into the stream of passing people. The ultimate impression is that the figure of the man is simultaneously present and absent. Particular attention is drawn to the figure as a consequence of this state of intermediacy with respect to media.

Exhibition View, Urban Creatures, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland