Past Exhibition


Zadoc Nava - 27 August to 8 October 2010

Opening on Thursday 26 August, 7 - 9pm

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Zadoc Nava’s photographic series Shadowlands shot on the streets of Tehran, alongside his short film House of Strength, which offers a rare glimpse into the hidden world of Persian martial arts.

Shadowlands reveals a glimpse of ordinary life on the streets of Tehran; the separate but parallel existence of men and women within Iranian society, the tension between modernity and tradition, and an atmosphere of disquiet and uncertainty.

The series is punctuated by images of the monumental hand-painted murals that dominate the city, extolling the commands of the ayatollahs and celebrating the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war. On the streets below, Iranians go about their everyday business.

In House of Strength we gain access to the hidden world of Persian martial arts practiced by Islamic warriors for centuries - a ritualised fusion of dance, combat training, religion and philosophy. This traditional male preserve provides a compelling counterpoint to the images of contemporary life in the public arena.

At the exhibition opening we will also launch a fully illustrated book of Nava’s photographic work, just published by Black Dog Publishing and including essays by David Bate and Amna Malik.

Zadoc Nava is a photographer and award-winning filmmaker based in London. His work has been screened and exhibited internationally at festivals and museums, including the V&A and the Tate Britain.