The still life exhibition of Ebrahim Haghighi in Aran Gallery evokes an intense sense of authority. These photos mimic the lighting and composition of renaissance paintings. It recalls a recent work of another Iranian artist (see the review of Setare Sanjari’s work here). Severed heads of tame animals in these artworks seem incongruous and may not fulfill the true purpose of the artist. I cannot accept such naked violence being justified by the title of ‘poetic violence’ (quoted in the exhibition catalogue). Perhaps Haghighi is too new to this medium, or he has underestimated the spectators. (I have intentionally placed the artist’s photo instead of the work)