Elham Hazfi is a nanoscientist turned artist who has turned her brilliant mind on the sense of alienation that pervades ‘normal’ life in (post)modern society. Her current project is called “Anomaly” and I photographed her creating a portrait of the ‘Eye-Opener’. Each anomaly is named with two words: the first refers to the organ it targets and the second describes the action through which the emotion is delivered or evoked.
Anomaly [uh-nom-uh-lee] noun,
1. a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form.
2. an anomalous person or thing; one that is abnormal or does not fit in.
3. an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.
4. an incongruity or inconsistency. synonyms: abnormality, exception, peculiarity.
These are the Anomalies. They are ready to be summoned to fill you up where you think you need it. The Anomalies are waiting for you to call them so they can deliver to you an emotion, a feeling. You may have experienced it long ago, a true feeling that reaches to your core, but you have lost the connection to the place where it resides. Now there is no need to go searching for that feeling inside of yourself, the Anomalies will bring it to you. Each Anomaly has a speciality and will cater to you the feeling that you are looking for. Elham Hazfi has created these Anomalies as an exploration of the disconnect that many of us experience from our true selves. Perhaps we felt our authentic inner landscape as young children but this way of being was swiftly washed away as we grew into adults. “Anomaly” is a commentary on how many of us have understandably become disconnected from our individual authenticity and have become numb. We lazily summon emotions through artificial means because we yearn to get back to our true feelings and to our true selves. At what cost?
-Emily Wrede about Elham Hazfi