Susan Sontag once said “humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still reveling, its age-old habit, in mere images of the truth… [The] insatiability of the photographing eye changes the terms of confinement in the cave, our world.”Photographs are constantly educating us by showing us our world again and again and inviting us to contemplate and to pay attention to new details and in the process, they change our perceptions of our world.This is why it is always so exciting to discover a new eye and a fresh perspective such as Hadi Navid. One need only traverse the offerings from the United Arab Emirates to discover the rich geometry of the textural, the architectural as well as the human. But it doesn’t stop there. Paris is a festival of juxtaposing shapes and structures. And then you are in Kandovan released from the perpendiculars and straight lines of a western landscape to the disorderly orders of an almost alien landscape of forms and colors. I invite you to explore Navid’s world. These images provide non-stereotypical glimpses of an orient that is often missing from our rich but decidedly occidental catalog of world images. I am reminded that there are so many visual worlds still left to discover on our apparently smaller planet, particularly in parts of the world that are not often enough a part of an aesthetic dialog in the west.

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