||Glamour of the Garden
Following his last collection in “Garden in Twilight”, Ahmad Pormou has now taken a step to depict the “decline of humanity” in a bold tragic form. He displays the punishment of man, the possessor of reason, the master of technique, the builder of tools, the lord of industry and the artist. In this collection, technology is presented symbolically in the form of the “tools of murder” which tempts man, openly and in secret, at times of solitude and despair. It seems as if human beings seek to claim sovereignty over the world surrounding them and consider all things to be consumed, killed or relished. This great malice, deep-rooted in the history, makes man disregard the poetic essence of “creation” and, instead, explore technology and “tools of murder”, upon his mechanical mind, to finally become the very part of technology himself. The pinnacle of madness is where destruction takes disastrous proportions, and it is this reflection that is represented in the collection by barren wastelands and the distressed destitute man with tied hands, lonely and bare, with only “tools of murder” for self-destruction. However, in Pormou’s perspective, nature and universe and their power do not wish for human extinction and here little birds diligently try to prevent mankind’s self-destruction. The ambiguous ending of this collection means that the artist, just like many others who care for more than the daily routine, and whose mission is like, many other artists, green-minded and nature-loving, try to warn us of a coming disaster and try to refining people’s minds and raise their conscience to think about the future of the earth’s children. He selflessly stands in hope and dismay, and asks himself: Will mankind be able to live the poetic life once more?