And as a compliment to Unseen, Amir H. Fallah will be featured in Guestroom. Fallah’s approach to art making is akin to the process of an archaeological dig. Fallah investigates his subject’s lives through the analysis of their personal belongings, becoming the arbiter of these individuals’ histories, curating found elements into contemporary portraiture. Through this process he does not attempt to beautify or flatter his subjects, but instead focuses on integral points of their lives that subsequently shaped who they were as individuals. In direct opposition to the history of portraiture, he hides the true identity of his subjects by cloaking them in vivid, patterned fabrics found amongst their belongings. The viewer is forced to craft an identity for the subjects through their own interpretation of the curated elements presented.
Through the process of art making and the employment of contemporary portraiture, Fallah explores the realms of truth through storytelling. Obsessive consideration of truth’s limitations can help us understand one another, and this examination of identity is the keystone of his practice.