monsteraauthor Shirana Shahbazi, publisher JRP-Ringier, 1° edition, 256 pp., size 22 x 16.6 cm, 2015

This publication pictures Shahbazi’s recent work, taken to a compelling new level of abstraction, culminating in the free disposition of colors and geometric forms. Shahbazi stages these geometrical forms, not on a computer screen, but by arranging and staging real geometric bodies of color in her studio—as though for a still life—and by then photographing them from different perspectives. Her production style is pivotal not only for the brilliance of color; it is shining through in delicate details such as double exposures or intriguing effects of depth. Each composition allows for nuanced readings, oscillating between the two and three-dimensional, between the representational and nonrepresentational.