“History has always been iterated repeatedly like a game, where victories belong to those who benefit from past experiences and never give up. This project tries to imagine a new understanding of the historical heritage remains through that lens. For example, Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, is known as one of the most precious and greatest civilizations in the history of Iran, which has ultimately surrendered to the game of its age.” — Mohammad Hassan Namdari, Iranian artist.
Iranian artist Mohammad Hassan Namdari creates a collection of photographs that represent various ancient Persian sites with the addition of large chess pieces in an eerie and dystopic environment.
The artist is inspired by his ancient heritage and the rise and fall of the mighty Persian Empire throughout the years which can be easily interpreted as a game of victory and loss.
The collection consists of a series of photos whose composition represents important Achaemenid monuments of historical sites in Pasargad and Persepolis and to be more exact the Tachar Palace, the Cyrus Reception Palace, the Gate of All Nation, and Throne Hall.
The ancient monuments coexist with white and black chess pieces, whose color is photoshopped to be adapted to the rest of the ancient ruins and capture the whole essence of the composition.
Artist: Mohammad Hassan Namdari