As featured in the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist, photographer Mansoureh Pakzad’s artwork consists of unorthodox science-oriented experiments conducted outside of the laboratory with the chosen object’s process of decay documented in stages. Mainly using camera-less photography, he captures a process which might be seen as repulsive by some. Through this medium, decomposition is exploited and explored in an exquisitely raw manner. The objects themselves create simultaneously aesthetic and mysteriously disparate outcomes. Last Pose of Life captures the final moments of life acted out by a natural specimen. This study seeks to impact visual culture and engages viewers with the minute, but extraordinary details of nature, though many may not find them aesthetically pleasing in a conventional sense. Pakzad’s work thrives upon being in union with nature, especially in life and processes of death displayed in decay, and through this allows us to discover more about the world.
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1. Mansoureh Pakzad, Last Pose of Life, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.