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Amin Yousefi was born in 1996 in Abadan, Iran and holds an MA in Photography from the University of Westminster. He lives and works as a writer, researcher, and image-based artist in London. He has participated in several group exhibitions and prizes including recently being named a winner of the 2024 Foam Talent Award. His recent project, "Eyes Dazzle as They Search for the Truth," was selected as a finalist of the Carte Blanche Awards at Paris Photo in 2022 and subsequently shown with Ag Gallery at Unseen Art Fair 2023 in Amsterdam. His work has been published in magazines such as Hapax, Source, and Aperture, with the article in which he interviewed three artists on “What It Means to Make Photographs as a Young Artist in Iran”. Yousefi has also undertaken compelling commission works, including the project "Ruderal Acts, Gardening Beyond the Wall," showcased as part of the HerMAP Art Project at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. He was also selected as an Ag Talent for his "Life, Death, and Other Similar Things" project in 2019, exhibited in a solo show at the Ag Galerie. Yousefi has an upcoming display in April 2024 with Circulation(s), at the Centquatre-Paris in France.  A native of Abadan in the province of Khuzestan, Iran's most oil-rich region and the scene of bloody war with neighbouring Iraq, Yousefi's work examines the event of photography through the socio-political aspect of the medium. His primary concern lies in the implications of the archive, exploring violence against protests in the Middle East enacted by the state and how the act of photography can conceptually mirror the structures of these relationships.

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Ruderal Acts, Gardening Beyond the Wall [2021]


Ruderal Acts, Gardening Beyond the Wall aims to challenge the image of the garden as an enclosed system within which man controls the natural world, imagining a more open and indeterminate space informed by mutual care and cohabitation. Through careful observation, documentation, and presentation, the project suggests a different kind of garden formed in the left-behind urban and rural sites, ruins, and transitional places. The project takes the abandoned and walled-off Rayy Cement Factory—a site located in the southeast part of Tehran, Iran—as a starting point for an alternative idea of a garden. One that benefits from blurred boundaries is shaped by the organic growth of ruderal species and cultivated by often unintended events: the leakage of a pipe, shading provided by a brick wall, or flora migration from agricultural activities. Carrying on this vision through multiple strategies, Gardening Beyond the Wall develops over time, unlike acts in a play, using the city of Tehran as its stage and its citizens as its actors, custodians, and ultimately gardeners.


Collaborators:
Amin Yousefi - Photographer
Nafiseh Samadi - Botanist
Hadi Zand - Photojournalist
Michela Zoppi - Graphic designer