Projects 20 | Iman Tajik

Iman Tajik is an Iranian artist and photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. His work is anchored in a strong social interest and demonstrates an effort to make work that is a critical tool connected to international movements for social change. Tajik’s work addresses issues of contemporary conditions of life with a particular focus on migration as a result of the diaspora nation of the planet. He makes installations incorporating video, photography and performance and through these mediums, he ’performs the border’. This speaks to personal experiences of crossing geographical borders and socio-political barriers to insist on the right to freedom of movement. Tajik spotlights and stresses the need for resistance towards barriers and boundaries that are implemented socially and politically in favour of some but not all. A contribution towards bridging the divide between self and other is paramount to Tajik’s practice.

Iman Tajik founded Who is? Project by collaboration with Jonas Jessen Hansen in 2017. Who is?Project has been created as a space for open conversation surrounding the current migrant crisis and the rise of nationalism.

The Dreamers (work in progress) is a series of performative photographs made during Tajik’s residency at Deveron Arts, Huntly as part of his Bordered Miles project for Glasgow International 2020. 
Through this work, Tajik is exploring the notion of the border and questioning the value and role of nationality in a time of emergency. The works are set in a rural Scottish landscape with a direct connection to the historic Highland Clearances as well as contemporary disputes over land ownership. 
(All images from the series, The Dreamers (2019-20) ©️Iman Tajik. Supported by Deveron Projects)

Image: The Dreamers (2019-2020) ©Iman Tajik. Supported by Deveron Projects