A collaboration with the Dutch photographer Claudia Crobatia. In this project we explored the idea of a possessed cat through visualizing unknown forces that deform an animals physical form and behaviour. The concept of possession came out of our interest in human relationships with their pets, which sometimes tend to become slightly obsessive, no matter how lovingly.
Where does evil come from? Is it unique to humans? Or has it always been here on earth or in the universe? Was it perhaps even here before the first humans developed? Physical matter has always been and will always be in our universe. Take, for instance, the calcium in our bones, the metals in our cars or the keratin in our skins. Everything was always here, so everything is everything! But does this theory apply to good and evil? Could our awareness thereof also always have been here on earth or the universe?
These photographs from 1884 depict patients from an insane asylum. They originally served to reveal a connection between the patients’ disturbed state of mind and their physical appearance during the first years of society’s interest in psychology. During this period, photography was used to register certain medical situation and conditions. Over the years, we have uncovered many mysteries about the human psyche, but we have only just scratched the surface when it comes to understanding the mind.
An ode to perfection. Deconstruction and reassembly of Michelangelo’s famous sculptures that depicted various fictional and living persons with precise, but artificially perfect anatomies. The perfect body was said to be based on certain mathematical formulas and ratios that looked absolutely realistic at first glance, but were actually anatomically incorrect.
Creed - Apocalypse
These found images from the 1950s depict a clean, controlled reality. Everything in the images looks staged and despite the cheerful colours the mood is cold and distant. This contradiction of colour and feeling inspired Ashkan Honarvar to create this series of collages. By introducing anomalous elements he has accentuated this feeling of alienation.
Ashkan Honarvar has chosen to use the typical American cowboy and rodeo sport as a symbol for the country USA. One of Americas main agenda and characteristics is it struggle to democratize countries in the middle east. What is democracy, and is this the true form of freedom? Can a rider tame a country? Or does the outsider disturb the flourishing a country self needs to create? Has the country space and time to heal it’s own wounds or does the outsider only inflict deeper wounds? * All collages are handmade!
Faces - 2
This series constitutes Ashkan Honarvar’s search for an identity and the physical and psychological wounds inflicted on soldiers by war with the exception of Faces 3 and 5. Ashkan Honarvar used existing pictures of young First World War soldiers with facial mutilations.
Ashkan Honarvar was born in Shirz, Iran in 1980.
Works and lives in The Netherlands and Norway.