Photograph of the Day – Zadoc Nava

Photographer Zadoc Nava beside one of his prints from his exhibition 'Shadowlands' which previewed on Thursday night at Belfast Exposed Gallery on Donegal St

The exhibition comprises photographs from a number of visits to Iran, in particular the capital Tehran and offers an insight into life in Iran. It’s an interesting exhibition and highlights tensions between the old and the new. Speaking with Zadoc he told me that whilst there was no real problem taking photographs(as ever common sense needs to be applied when shooting on the street) he did get arrested once.

I think there is a resonance between the political and religious murals in Tehran and our own murals. There are a couple of brilliant photographs in the exhibition and i particularly like the short film Zadoc made ‘House of Strength’ which is an intimate portrayal of  (and i quote from the BX blurb)  “Persian martial arts practiced by Islamic warriors for centuries – a fusion of dance,combat training, religion and philosophy”.

An exhibition that is well worth checking out.

Photographer and visual artist based in Belfast.
I have facilitated community based workshops with groups as diverse as visually impaired individuals in Dungannn, Travellers across Northern Ireland, Young Offenders and many community groups across Belfast.
My work has exhibited extensively here in Northern Ireland in group and individual shows and has been shown in North America and i had my first solo international exhibition in New Zealand. I have been the recipient of a number of grants from the Arts Council Northern Ireland.
I’ll be blogging about Arts and Culture, primarily in Belfast
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