New essay in Blind Field Journal
"A grainy video circulates and re-circulates on the internet, showing a shark casually swimming up to an underwater network cable and taking a bite.
"All the work here is political in its recognition of intransigence and loss of history, of the things we try to remember and forget, but Ken Ehrlich's collection of archival images of Iranian mosques are the most political with a capital P.
"In Ken Ehrlich’s on-going project about Donald Wilber (1907-1997), a scholar of ancient Persian architecture and the CIA agent credited as the “architect” of the 1953 Iranian coup (a Cold War strategy designed to secure British and American oil interests in the region), the artist composes a dialogue between Wilber’s two linked but divergent professions through a series of drawings and laser-cut archival photographs.
"The most sobering political note is struck by Ken Ehrlich’s laser-cut archival photographs that document the double history of an American scholar of Persian architecture, Donald Wilber, who was instrumental in organizing the CIA-sponsored coup against Mossadegh.