Born in 1974, Tehran, Iran, Shadi Ghadirian’s exposure to art happened early. She only needed shifting her glance across and thousands of years of history of the country she was brought up in was ever so ready to inform and educate her. From the ancient depiction of relief to the intricacy of Mina-Kari and Khatam-Kari; from the miniature paintings of Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād to the work of Mohammad Ghaffari better known as Kamal-ol-Molk in later years, Iran always threaded rich motifs in art history. Closer home Shadi saw her elder sisters study different expressions of art. However, it was not until she joined University of Art for studying BA in Photography that she delved into the world of visual storytelling.
If ‘thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel’ Michael Kahn surely caught the wind and set forth his sail to explore, dream and discover the ebb and flows of life. In the contrast of light and darkness do the protagonists of his play reveal their characters, frozen in time; the boats, the marine scenery soaking in the light and sometimes the dearth of it, all become unified in a grand scheme of things. And this masterful story-teller from Southern Pennsylvania continues on his journey for the next sparkle on the wave, however far from shore may it be.