Imprint: Amir Nikravan

Iris Yirei Hu


Amir Nikravan’s works are just as much rooted in photography as they are painting and drawing. Using the architecture of the wall as site, the works connect the body in physical space with traces of past histories, functioning as memorial sites of loss, temporality, and memory. Using a process of spraying layers of transparent paint over objects – which stains the positive space surrounding- negative subjects are created by the indexical mark that remains after removal. Approximating the effect of accumulated dust or fine volcanic ash that has settled, the inscribed marks record the trace of something having-been-there. Though the subject itself is temporally remote, its presence insists through its absence, reiterating physically the conceptual elements of loss, memory, and temporality.