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Babak Salari - Lives of Another World
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
March 13-22 2009
Tue.-Thu.-Sat.: 10:00-18:00, Wed.: 10:00-22:00, Fri.: 10:00-19:00, Sun.: 11:00-15:00, Mon. closed

Organized by: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

With the support of the Canadian Embassy in Greece

Children with the gaze of an adult; women who look straight at the camera from behind the veil; old people with weather-worn, chiseled faces.The human face guides Babak Salari on his journeys around the world.The eyes of the people he has met tell entire histories of peoples; eyes that seem to belong to another age. In black and white, the Iranian-born Canadian citizen Salari creates images of smoldering power that bear his distinctive mark. Salari began taking pictures as an adolescent, while still living with his family in Iran. However, his political views got him into trouble with the authorities and, at quite a young age, he was thrown in prison. Three years after the Islamic revolution, and after serving a six-month prison sentence under Ayatollah Khomeini, 21- year-old Babak Salari left Iran to avoid further persecution. Though Canada is his home, the Middle East has always held center stage in his life. He traveled from Afghanistan and Jordan to Iraq and Palestine, capturing a hidden truth revealed to him by people who saw him as one of their own. Besides his work from the Middle East, Sarali’s photography exhibition in Thessaloniki will also feature some of the photos he took in Cuba and Mexico.
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