ID : N-1407 Date : 2018/03/06 - 10:48
(Persia Digest) – On the eve of Nowruz, when the desire to be sedentary is low and to travel is high, photos of nomadic tribes of Iran taken by an Italian photographer, who loves nomads around the world, their way of life and respect for nature, is a pleasure to behold in the Picture of the Year Celebration.
The photo exhibition of the Italian artist "Mauro Vitale", called "The People and the Land of Pashiman", looks at the cultural traditions and the discovery of a pastoral path between Iran and Italy. The exhibition, which opened yesterday on the 15th anniversary of the Picture of the Year Celebration at the Artists Forum in Tehran, will run until 11 March.
At a meeting attended by Paula Riccitelli, ideator and scientific researcher, Antonio Corado, project manager, and Seifollah Samadian, Secretary of the Picture of the Year Celebration, the photographer talked about his trips to Iran and the collection of his photos.
Mauro Vitale, who aims to introduce methods of discovering nature, architecture, folk traditions, and spirituality, has been involved in documentary photography and has publications in this area. “I believe that the roots of research should be sought in culture, regardless of all the customs and traditions that change its true face. My interest is new horizons created by human migration and this is a multicultural issue. My main interest and the thing I care most about is ethnography and the feelings of the people. Nomadic tribes respect nature very much and do not want to change it. I want to show this with my photos”, he stated.
He stated that he has taken about 10,000 photo frames from Iran “Among them, nearly 5,000 photographs have been taken from city people. I am 60 years old and I have been working on nomads in different countries for 12 years. I work on the nomads of Rajasthan in India, Romania, and Morocco”, he added.
“Mauro and his wife have traveled to Iran four times in the past”, Paula Riccitelli, the project's ideator, said. “Mauro, the world is very big, why do you want to go back to Iran?” I asked him. “If you come here, you will understand”, he replied. “So I traveled to Iran. It was an amazing journey that I will never forget.”
Vitale, in a text written at the beginning of the exhibition, stated that: In Qashqai and Talesh customs and traditions, I found an atmosphere with old yellow images similar to that of the Italian nomads before the Industrial Revolution; an atmosphere with the same habits, customs and traditions, ceremonies, and gatherings; All of this speaks of a culture that may now have disappeared in Italy but remains with the same spiritual signs in some places and in the minds of the people.
Nomadic tribes seem to have the same spirit everywhere; their eagerness to travel, pulling away from one place and departing, their respect and flexibility, the environment where they live independently, and a culture that, although in these days of rush and internet is being forgotten, is still alive in Iran.