Guest


Buildings, walls, wind towers, the labyrinths and maze of narrow clay-colored ‘friendship alleys’, cob, the blue pond in the middle of the yard, and each and every mud brick that constructed the town, are all like words that have concealed a great deal about the culture and lifestyle of the people in themselves. For centuries the tall walls of the town have stood witness to culture, rituals, and lifestyle of the people of Yazd. Decency, honesty, living a simple life, and avoiding lavish and extravagant lifestyle may be the reason that the life and manners of these people have not received the attention they deserve. But, over the recent years, Yazd has come to be admired and cherished by the world and in my view now that it is the center of attention for being inscribed on UNESCO world heritage list, we have to seize the opportunity to simultaneously explore the historical texture and cultural heritage of the town and also consider the social issue that people deal with on a daily basis from an anthropological perspective. Regrettably, part of magnificent, unique architectural texture of the city is forever lost for various reasons including: the age of the building, incompetence and inefficiency in preserving, and the original residents abandoning the houses, and this has changed the face of the city, but this transformation has ironically created a suitable space for executing this piece of work. This introduction was a preface to a work with the idea of which I have flirted for years and based on the concept of the work I came to call it ‘the Guest’. The videos each represent a separate aspect of the common lifestyle among the people of Yazd. In recreating the images attempts have been made for the presence of the camera not to be felt as if the tall walls of the house have disappeared and the audience can closely follow the real, daily lives of the household residents. In fact, the snapshots that have constructed ‘the Guest’ are the images taken from the lives of ordinary people in the historical texture of Yazd over the past decades.