Aghajan's abacus. Installation
c. “Aghajan” used to have an abacus; he passed away but we still keep that abacus.
A while ago, one day I came to an accounting notebook that belonged to 100 years ago. It included financial transactions and some records of the daily sold goods. The writings seemed like a sort of calligraphy. Although I know Persian language I can’t read them clearly. Nevertheless I enjoy the calligraphy and the visual compositions in these writings. He may not have been aware of his work’s artistic value but just like a real artist he had some rules or principles to follow.
He had a very economical attitude toward everything and we can trace this economy even in the structure of this notebook. It had been kept and used for 18 years. In that era they believed that they had to make the best of everything and avoid wasting things. At the same time one needs to know about preservation, maintenance and repair when it comes to keep something for 18 years.
This notebook and its content reminds me of Aghajan, his abacus and coins. I thought that my choices of drawing would create a better atmosphere for feeling the emotions of an unknown artist hidden in this notebook, Aghajan and myself.