Saman Deilamani’s SOMA 25 is in the Group II Exhibition in DNA
Saman Deilamani’s work is concerned with qualities and questions of place, identity and existential experiences. In 2012, Saman created the SOMA series, which is a collection of photographs depicting segments of women’s bodies. They are about the grace and profaneness of the flesh as it is lived. These images are created by the process of dip-bleaching Black & White prints. Photographic bleach eats through the silver-gelatin, weathering the surface of the paper, unraveling the flesh. Each marking, tinting and erosion is different, making it impossible to create two identical prints. As the process smooths the flesh, it highlights imperfections. As it hides the shadows, it underlines the form creating an abstraction. The form, constructed settings and the process all aim to create an sculptural parallel that represents the lived body. It is at their intersection that the desire for the ideals of nude photography collide with the profaneness of flesh. As the paper claims the image on its surface, every print of a unique body becomes a singular photographic object. These dip-bleached prints are then scanned, enlarged and re-printed digitally on archival paper.
Saman’s work has been recognized by American Photography, Creative Quarterly, Silvershotz and Applied Arts. Saman often participates in group shows in Ottawa, Toronto and recently New York. His work is held at various private collections and City of Ottawa’s Direct Purchase program. He holds a bachelor of architectural sciences from Ryerson University and is a graduate of School of the Photographic Arts (Ottawa). Saman lives and works in Toronto, Canada.