The word photomontage was invented within the context of, and in opposition to, Collage. The name was chosen clearly to distance the two activities. In my site, photomontage.com, I am moving away from the limitations of collage and representations of reality and I create a space where the thing expressed becomes more important than the manner it is expressed in. We all use the medium of web to present and package our talents, only I am not packaging anything, rather using this medium as a brush in a painter”s hand, composing a picture made from several photographs, methods, softwares or art process. To me combination of different programs and softwares to create an image, either moving or not, is an act of photomontage in itself.
Shirin Kouladjie deconstructs information and visuals offered to her by her surroundings in her web creations, which become a materialization of her nostalgia for childhood and a rejection of the idealized precepts of perfection. In her art she draws upon the rich cultural heritage of 20th Century and the Mass media, working with themes of death, memory and childhood, although her formal training has been in painting, her works has since become more interactive. She uses photographs, film and sounds loops to make short downloadable web installations, which she displays in her web sites. Shirin Kouladjie uses a debris of everyday life from old photographs, magazines, instruction manuals to wrapping paper and newspaper clippings found in places like flea market and library archives. She rearranges them, juxtaposes them with each other, reinterpreting and exploring the many facets of their meanings. She focuses on a fictional reconstitution of her personal memories using elements gathered from our collective memories.