Deserted Locations

How do we define the notion of home? What happens when a house is left behind? When do interior and exterior worlds collide? These images reveal the power of nature to consume and conquer. Bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and staircases are taken over by vines, grasses and branches. Walls are left to crack and crumble. Windows are flooded by trees. Gohar Dashti (b. 1980) is a Tehran-based photographer and video artist, who, for the last 14 years, has been working at the intersection of anthropology and sociology. Her various series ask questions about what happens to the environment when human populations have been displaced by modern conflicts. The images blend memory, environment and visual perception. Dashti’s works are included in some of the world’s most esteemed collections, including the V&A, London; the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.