On 14 Nov 2002   Edward Lucie-Smith in a  lecture at the British Museum  said: "works by Nadalian  being the most advanced of its kind, especially the way in which you use the internet".



About Ahmad Nadalian

By : Edward Lucie-Smith

In his recent book

Art Tomorrow

By : Edward Lucie-Smith


In Iran, Ahmad Nadalian (b.1963) is in the process of creating an immense River Art installation along the banks and amidst the waters of the Haraz River, near Mount Damavend.

Various symbols are incised on boulders- chiefly fish, which for the artist are emblems of the human soul, thirsty to experience life, but also human figures, emblems of hands and feet, and images of birds, goats, snakes and crabs. While some of these engravings are on a large scale, others are carved on small pebbles, and are left for casual visitors to find. Nadalian regards the discoveries these visitors make as acts of collaboration with the artist.

The tension between what is natural and what is deliberately, and indeed polemically, artificial is very much part of the story of current art.

One of the ways in which contemporary society approaches the work of Land artists such as Goldsworthy, Booth and Nadalian is through the camera. It would not be an exaggeration to say that without photography art of this kind would be largely unknown, not only because of the remote locations the artists often choose, but also because of the ephemeral nature of the interventions which the artists make.

Photography occupies a central but ambiguous place in today's art, and is likely to continue to do so for some time to come. For contemporary society, it is the vision of the camera, but not necessarily the vision of the camera placed in the hands of an artist, which continues to dominate the way in which things and events are perceived.