The revolutionary duty is to separate form from content. This means creating a form that does not compromise with the content, and content that does not see any similarity with the form. This may not necessarily lead to a revolution, however, it emphasizes the importance of form and can start the process of revolution. The path of revolution, whether in our personal lives or in political dimensions, arises from this factor. For example, when a content called the concept of people does not see any similarity with the existing political form or when we experience the destruction of a romantic relationship. When this disconnection occurs, we can either ignore it, or we can take action… The only solution is to return to the form.
How to rebuild the form
There are two ways to rebuild the form:
- Revisiting the previous form through reasoning.
- Calling back the form to its formless content.
In the romantic example, we revisit the entire past and create a new form suitable for the new person we are. Every time we call back the form, it is dynamic and alive, not static and sorrowful.
The problem arises when a part of the previous content remains outside the new form and never accepts the new form, or the new form does not open a place for it. This is when the day after victory is not equal to filling the gap, but the day after creating a new gap and the pain of failure always remains, known as nostalgia.
Omid Shalmani’s photo collection
In this photo collection, Omid Shalmani follows this theme. The collection is not yet complete, but it explores the idea of rebuilding the form and the challenges that can arise in the process.