Earth has always been the cradle and
maybe cemetery of civilizations and cultures. The objects and pieces which can
be found from earth, show the beliefs, life and more importantly the beauty of
the mind of people of past.
many cases we people who live
now are the consumers of the art of the past.
What have we got to say to the
people of next generations?
What is our heritage for them ?
Global warmness, pollution, wars and
crises across the world may terminate life of most of living creatures including
His message to contemporary man is to
remain aware of the dangers of environmental disasters and political crises. He
also wishes to pass on the message to the audiences of the next millenniums.
Nadalian’s art focuses on the most
fundamental crises in contemporary world.
If there is any audiences in the future, his work will tell them
the story of life and humanity.
The story of this project began when the
people in Poloor started to excavate the place where
Nadalian carved images on the rocks. They hoped to find treasures.
According to a tradition in
the north of Iran the images of fish or snake can be a sign of treasure.
Nadalian never ignored that his works are a sign of treasure, when he
heard the story.
To him, treasure is not
valuable things from a material aspect, but rather an immortal value, which can
be art. He believes there is an eternal and timeless meaning beyond the physical
aspect of his works.
Nadalian uses this accident to produce new collection of works. He has started
to bury many of his carved stones in earth. His carvings show
living creatures such as human traces (hands or feet or goat, or ...) .
These are widespread in his homeland Iran (across the mythical
mountain of Damavand) and many other countries around the glob. Nadalian
given his carving to tourists who travel to different countries. They bury
his works on behalf of him. In many cases the process of burials have been recorded.
He is preparing the maps of burial
places (both manually and digitally) and keep them in a safe place.
He wishes to pass his message to the audiences of next millennium.
When Nadalian was in New York he preformed his hidden Treasure project in
Manhattan. This carved stone was buried in Manhattan central
park. The symbolic ray of light inspired by Statue of Liberty.
However this symbol originally rooted in Persian sun god Mithra.
Une exposition d’Art pour les prochains millénaires…
La Terre est depuis toujours le
berceau et sera peut-être le cimetière de toutes civilisations et
de leurs cultures…
Leurs vestiges, image de toutes les
croyances et de la vie, sont l’âme des peuples anciens et le
reflet primordial de la grande beauté de leur esprit…
Pour Nadalian, la terre d’aujourd’hui
est un musée.
Et pour les prochaines générations ?
Quel sera leur héritage ?…
Pour sa part, l’artiste a commencé à
enterrer beaucoup de ses galets gravés tout autour de la plage de
Pampelonne …tout comme à travers le monde : en Iran, au Liban, en
Italie, en Allemagne, en Espagne, en Finlande ….
Ses gravures sont des poissons, des
empreintes de pieds et de mains, des dessins évoquant la
Des symboles et trésors de vie qu’il
Le réchauffement de la Terre, la
pollution, les guerres mettent en péril la vie des créatures
vivantes dont l’espèce humaine.
Son message : Nadalian aimerait
sensibiliser l’homme d’aujourd’hui aux dangers des désordres tant
environnementaux que politiques.
Et si un être humain vit encore sur
cette Terre dans les prochains millénaires, le travail de
l’artiste lui racontera l’histoire de la vie et de l’humanité.
I saw one fish man who wanted go to the sea hide his shoeless. This event
recall Nadalian Hidden
introduces works by Ahmad Nadalian who is internationally known
for his environmental art projects. His works draw upon a wide
range of symbols from ancient rituals and mythologies with new
interpretations to those belonging to the contemporary subject
matters that emerge from the use of his new style of languages and
technologies. His concepts therefore, are expressed through a
variety of media and techniques, including carved
stones, installations, performances, video, and web art and
interactive pieces which require the participation of the general
Water water everywhere and the boards did shrink;
water water everywhere, and not a drop to drink...
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "The rhyme of the ancient mariner"
traveled widely and moves like a fish transgressing international
borders., leaving graphic messages on all continents but
Antarctica in the form of etched stones, thousands of them, large
and small, on which he has inscribed or painted; fish, crabs,
nautilus spirals, human hands, feet, and goddesses. The works,
which he has named “River Art”, is composed of carved rocks that
have been abandoned at the site where they were created. 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.
Over the past
decade the artist has frequently traveled to cities and remote
regions and locations on every continent
and has dropped or cast
many of his stones carved with the image of fish into rivers,
canals, reservoirs and seas.
He captured the moment when his ‘stone fish’ meets the water.
Through this ritual action, his wish is to bring a better
environment, for life and fertility for all mankind.
sand by Cylinder Seal
the ancient example, Nadalian carves large cylinder seals which
are then rolled out onto the sand, along the shore or in desert we
witness images of fish, crabs, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and
scorpions, ... One wants to follow the path of these ancient
animations and fish symbols to see where they might lead us. It
is his dream to increase the living creature who dying due to
global warming and pollution and protect them by his mythological
frequent travels to different parts of the world,
Nadalian has burried
many of his carved stones
in different land
and to create countless treasures. In addition, many artists and
individuals, from different nationalities have carried out and
buried or hidden his carvings in the different places on the
mostly show images of fish and human
usually documents the process of the burial of his works.
This Map shows the locations of Nadalian's Works
around the glob. The blue points show the place where he carved
on the rocks and orange points show the countries in which his carvings
were buried. people and different
travelers carried out and buried his carvings in the earth. This project