The FCC hotels and restaurants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap carry on the tradition of being centers of photography by regularly donning their walls with exciting photographs from local and foreign photographers. This month in Siem Reap, the work of Morteza Ariana, a German national of Iranian origin, will be on display at FCC Angkor. FCC recently interviewed Morteza to learn more about his photography.
What is your background? How and when did you discover photography?
I was born in 1964 in Tehran. In 1986 I moved to Germany. There I worked as a photographer for a daily newspaper, in Hanover. I also worked as a photojournalist for UNICEF in Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2001 I moved to Japan, where I started to incorporate “Zen Art” and “Wabi-Sabi” (the aesthetic of solitude and impermanence) into my fine art photography, which led to exhibitions in Osaka, Kobe, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap. My love for travelling and the people around the world motivated me to start with my own photography in 1994.
Talk a little bit about the photography that is going to be on display at FCC Angkor. Why did you choose these particular photos? Do they have a specific theme?
I have been living and working as a photography tutor in Siem Reap since 2012. My love for Angkor motivates me to share my expertise and experiences with others. With my series “Colours of Decay,” I am following my desire to find ways to express the beauty of transience. I have found the photographic object of this inevitable principle in the ancient Angkor Temples. Hundreds of years of change have given these walls with their ornate reliefs and statues a unique coloration. They turn into enchanting paintings that evoke in us a sense of awe, granting us a moment in which we recognize the refreshing beauty of eternal change.
What do you think about life in Cambodia? Do you try and respond to Cambodian lifestyles and culture using your art (photography)?
I have been living in Cambodia for around 18 months and read about the recent history. I also observed Cambodian society both sharply and critically but at the moment I have this project of photography on the topics I mentioned. Hopefully in near future I can explore Cambodian society further.
Morteza’s photography will be on display at FCC Angkor at least through February. For inquires about his work, you can contact him by email. We look forward to seeing you visit FCC Angkor and discover Morteza’s full series of pictures. As always, works on display at FCC are for sale.