Aso Mohammadi

Oct 24th, 2017

Aso Mohammadi

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Aso Mohammadi (b. 1990) is a Kurdish born photographer based in Switzerland. Mohammadi’s focus ranges from highly saturated conflations of pattern to elegantly playful odes to the everyday object. In their series, Cloth of Wood (2015), a floating composition of traditional Kurdish textiles compliment a densely saturated collage of trees. Mohammadi speaks of this work not only as an experimentation in visual manipulation, but also as a process in building a vocabulary for the fluidity of their personal cultural identity.

Why did you start taking photos?

Definitely because of my first travel to Kurdistan, but I was more filming than taking photographs.

How does technology affect your work?

I would say it’s 60-70% percent of my work, all the processes of my work are based in technology, taking a picture is just 30-40% of the final image. I really like to work on post-production.

How does social media affect your work?

For the moment it’s really helpful. I guess I would never had the chance to do an exhibition out of Switzerland if no one could see my work on social media.

Has your work ever gotten you into a dangerous situation?

When I was 15 years old I went to my home country of Kurdistan for the first time with my family and I had a video camera to film with. I had problems in a market because of this police man who came to me and asked me why I was filming. He wanted to confiscate my camera. My father had to talk with him for a moment before he let us continue…

Do your parents like your work?

Thats a funny question, I think they like it but they are my parents and they will always support me in my projects so even if they understand nothing about it they will say that they like my work.

How do you determine if a work has been a success?

Simply if I’m exited to watch it and think it is visually sexy…