The Unity of Time and Place by Mahmoud Bakhshi, Artforum in print May 2017
May 5, 2017
Mordad, the fifth month of the Iranian calendar is the hottest time of year in the country. As it happens, both the coup d’etat of 1953 and the start of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 occured on the twenty-eighth of Mordad, or August 19 according to Gregorian calendar. Mahmoud Bakhshi’s gallery filling installation The Unity od Time and Place, 2017, evokes this chornological overlap and a place central to these events: Abadan, an oil producing city in southwestern Iran. Text by Sylwia Serafinowicz.