Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi's carpets are not walked on (once the carpet was considered a dividing element: an ephemeral wall, which in addition to delimiting the symbolic spaces also defended from the nomads of the outside), but it is crossed almost like a sacred or shamanic threshold. The edges, which are fundamental, perimeter a space and function as imaginary frames, towards the inexhaustible repetition of enchanting modules: pure serial variations. For Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi, art is a place of relationship and work is a field of unstable forces, which enchant the eye, in narrative situations, in inverted symmetry, in a sort of fantastic journey.
Francesca Alfano Miglietti
Time and Temple
On the occasion of a collaboration with Italian stylist Antonio Marras, Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi's works give life to the exhibition Tempo e Tempio,
conveying a new aspect to the showroom spaces.
The project in based on carpets that adapt to the walls and architectural structures of the venue. The installation suggests an overlapping of temporality and spatiality,
showing the flexibility typical of the artist's practice,
according to which everything can be reshaped and susceptible to new configurations.
The golden elements, paradigmatic in his poetics, gives the event a sacred atmosphere,
a suspended reality in which the visitor is immersed and welcomed.
The exhibition was curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti.
Touch with Eyes
This installation has been conceived for Milan Fashion Week 2015, in collaboration with Italian stylist Antonio Marras. The work, entirely composed of original Persian carpets, and the venue, filled with rocks tied up with ropes, set off a dialogue between art and fashion world. The artist’s aim is to invite viewers to enjoy the result using all the senses: the scenographic presence of the carpets is capable of generating synaesthetic effects.
Refusing the major idea to exhibit artworks as isolated pieces merely dropped into space, this Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi’s installation turns the place itself into a versatile setting.
The title refers to the original function of the carpets, conceived as portable gardens by nomadic peoples. These are transformed into forms that resemble clouds and hung from the ceiling, appearing as floating sculptures able to reconfigure the exhibition venue.
Occhi che toccano
The entire space in which the group exhibition in Fabbrica del Vapore took place, was covered with Persian carpets to put the entire audience and artists at the same level. Since the meaning of the carpet is sacred, the visitors had to enter without shoes, a gesture that recalls sacredness and respect. In addition to that, it unconsciously develops a single perception of touch, softness, of the delicacy of the world that you, as a visitor, enter into. A world of art that tries to unite the different individuals and their backgrounds together.
The pure gold of icons and medieval paintings, the dust of colored light from the stained glass windows of cathedrals, and the soft light of the stellar atmospheres: Light plays a fundamental role in the representation of the world, and Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi plays with it. His materials are carpets, symbolizing his origins of his home. He works on these using the Japanese technique kintsugi, used to embellish ancient or broken items.
Milan Design Week 2016 - Gallery Sbodio32