Lugo Land is pleased to present “What I don’t have” by Iranian artist Mohammadreza Mirzaei. This project is being presented in two volumes, and two different forms of representation: A story and a photo series both happening at the same time and in the same place, but in two different artistic grammars. What is the relationship between these two booklets? Are they different chapters of the same story? The answer is left to the audience. “What I don’t have” can be read as a collision of truth and fiction in photography and is hopefully suggesting a new way of storytelling.

Mohammadreza Mirzaei is an Iranian photographer, writer and translator based in Philadelphia, USA. Mirzaei’s photos have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibition around the world including The 16th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography and the Fotográfica Bogotá 2011. He was the founder and editor of Dide Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography and also one of the jurors of the International Photobook Award in 2011. Mirzaei is the translator of “La Grammatica di Dio”; by Stefano Benni, from Italian to Persian. (Herfeh-Honarmand Publications, 2012, Tehran, Iran). Mohammadreza Mirzaei has a BA in Italian Literature from Azad University of Tehran and is an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

"The week after, she uploaded an album on Facebook of her with some other boys and girls somewhere out in the countryside. I remembered that before the whole telephone debacle, she had told me that she’d planned to go to a small village near Cervia with her friends during the Christmas holidays. Cervia? Or Cesena or whatever. A village is a village – just having four trees, six cows and a mangy sheep is enough. As if I had actually lost her, I was happy just to get some news. I examined the photos carefully. Just my luck – one of the boys in the group was staring lecherously at Shirin. Was he Iranian? Or Italian? Or from some other damn country? I didn’t care."

Mohammadreza Mirzaei What I don't have

Curated by Terry Adkins and Luca Nostri
Designed by Filippo Nostri
2 volumes, 32 pages, 16 photographs and a story from the author (english)
148 x 210 mm
Softbound softcover
Edizioni del bradipo / The University of Pennsylvania, 2013

ISBN: 978-88-906449-2-4
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