Hassan Abdelghani

Hassan Abdelghani

Hassan Abdelghani exhibits a collection of photographs. He looks for motifs on location in Chiang Mai. But he’s not prosaic so we don’t get to see exotic landscapes or architecture, but quite unusual portraits: those of the deceased people, from local cemeteries- by doing this somewhat morbid action, he addresses the need for eternity present in all civilisations. Again, after the author’s explanation that those people are no longer alive, we start viewing these photographs as some kind of a social cyber-network. It occurs to us that, on this journey, we will see faces we’ll never get to see again. The idea itself doesn’t leave such strong impressions as Abdelghani’s work. The consciousness of our passing time and the conscious and unconscious fear of death increases the effect. With time, the effort put into remembering ancestors is fading. Precious photographs embedded in ceramics fade just like our bodies. We only live in the memories of the people we knew.