古國犍陀羅是一片充滿寶藏的神秘之地，位於巴基斯坦北部和阿富汗中部的邊界之間。鑑於其作為貿易中心的文化多樣性，犍陀羅的藝術特色深受佛教和印度-希臘藝術傳統的影響。Rossi & Rossi所主辦的《From the Mountain》展覽，展示了一系列的犍陀羅頭像雕刻以及伊朗著名電影製片人 Abbas Kiarostami（1940-2016）拍攝伊朗山脈的黑白照片。
The Ancient Gandhara was a land of treasure and mystery waiting to be unraveled, located presently in between the boundaries of modern northern Pakistan and central Afghanistan. Given its cultural diversity as an exchange center, its art is greatly impacted by Buddhism and the Indo-Greek artistic tradition. Rossi & Rossi proudly presents From the Mountain, a series of sculpted heads from Gandhara alongside a selection of black-and-white photographs of the mountains in Iran by the renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940–2016).
The variety of sculptured heads were moulded between the fourth and fifth centuries AD. They were created from clay, each showcased uniqueness in its emotions, hairstyle, and facial features. The malleable nature of soft clay caused it to be prone to erosion causing many of the works to be worn out over time. However, the liveliness radiating from the distinctive features and expressions is not dimmed by the thousands of years that passed.
Kiarostami 拍攝的一系列照片也和應了畫廊的神秘氣息。例如 Snow (2002) 就是一個療癒人心的作品，叫人回歸自然並遠離城市生活。在長達 3000 公里的旅程中只他啟動了 3 次相機，每一次都竭盡所能地捕捉周圍的環境。 Kiarostami 認為藝術家的作品就好像他的情感一樣，無論這是否充滿矛盾。他說「我們要麼像我們的工作，要麼根本不像。即使我屬於後者，但我的照片和我的夢想很明顯是由相同的物質所構成的」。
The series of photographs captured by Kiarostami also complements the mystifying air in the gallery room. His wintry landscapes, Snow (2002) act as a form of therapy, succumbing to nature and distancing himself from the urban city life. He carefully and thoughtfully captured his surroundings, activating his camera only three times during his 3000-kilometer journey. “The work of an artist resembles his sentiments, contradictory or not. In fact, either we resemble our work or not at all. Even if I belong to the second category, it is apparent that my photographs are made of the same substance as my dreams”, Kiarostami once said.
From the Mountains
Date: 2021.7.16 – 7.27
Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong)
G/F, 195 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong