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/// Picnic #2
Visiting Bahar Sabet‘s project
+ Presentation, Residency program, Artist talk and Publication.

November 2021, Shekarbaghan, Gilan, Iran

“Shekarbaghan” is a process based project by Bahar Sabet with an autonomous and interdisciplinary approach, which is being implemented in one of the regions of Gilan province. In this project, Bahar tries to focus on the path and its concepts rather than presenting the object as output.

Shekarbaghan project
Creating a pattern, a design or a concept or eliciting an action in the void of existence and, thus, making a slight change to the game designed by the current order of the universe can bring a different form of order pursuant to the preceding chain of events. An occurrence or an ‘event’ is created as a result of a change in a system in the form of a manifestation of disorder. Nature always follows a certain pattern to propel the giant machine of existence; however, incorporating a tad of disorder.
In the major part of the ‘Shekarbaghan’ project, the human audience takes on mainly the role of a perceiver; whereas, the work of art, by going beyond the scopes of its framework, is integrated with the immediate surrounding and environment, and eventually, comes to its end following its interaction with different insects, the Sun, wind and rain. The work materials of the project are taken from the Earth itself. The region where the project is implemented, Shekarbaghan, is home to many sugarcane fields. Sugar is used in the form of candy in the project.

Eventual flower
The existence monster is constantly and incessantly devouring and reproducing itself. Nature is always changing from one form to another. In the beginning, sugar is a seed beneath the soil’s surface, then it transforms into sugarcane stalks and after that, into sugar having undergone a process. At this point, after being heated, it turns into candy, consumed by some insects and, then, sinks into the ground once it has been dissolved by raindrops and merged with soil. Any organic form in nature has undergone evolution owing to some factors. A plant, more than anything else, has been subject to a vividly-observable evolution and, thus, is a concrete and clear manifestation of the process under the impact of environmental factors such as the temperature, angles of the Sun and other celestial bodies, the Earth’s poles and the distance between mountains and seas.
Human beings have also played a role in this evolution during the history of the formation of the systematic agriculture. By changing any of the factors, the eventual flower can take a different form. There is no complete, whole and privative form in nature. Everything is constantly changing, growing and turning into something else. Even mountains change, growing in size on a yearly basis.