LOST IN NO SPACE | 2006

Artists: Behrang Samadzadegan, Behnam Kamrani, Amirali Mohebbinejad, Negar Tahsili, Raha Faridi, Mohammad Reza Heydari, Ehsan Behmanesh, and Azin Feizabadi.

Curator: Amirali Ghasemi

Screenings /Dates:

Goethe Institut – Istanbul | Presented as a part of Conscious in Coma  | 23-25 Nov 2006

Statement:

Since the beginning, video as a medium has been recognized as both an elevator and an escape route for the new generation of Iranian artists. As they started their anxious, immature experiments; video became a popular medium, although the lack of education and the considerable cultural gap besides the availability, transferability, and ease of use made this journey quite fragile, expect the few “successful” established artists who emphasize on the exotic face of their country of origin made them able to jump on the “train,” the rest are producing boring materials for the weak small-scaled but good looking elitist! Art scene. But on the other hand, others are not well known, not board On the train, not famous but still eager to make a kind of art which is not only for export, not aimed at the cul-de-sac of Euro-American market. Most of these videos are chosen from the Parkingallery video library with no specific point of view or resemblance, but the fact of being unseen and interesting.

Artist(s): Azin Feizabadi

Title: Golha (Flowers)

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2005

It is about beauty – it is about flowers

This project deals with the word “beauty,” the kind of beauty you can find in the traditional, oriental, and visual language and mythology. It can also be perceived as modern kitsch. This visual language exists as an Instrument of political or religious propaganda. The “beauty” in the “Golha” project can only appear in a dialogue with the viewers, the artist himself, and the context in which the work will be shown.

 

Artist(s): Ehsan Behmanesh

Title: Instead of life

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2004

A documentary video based on interviews about depression and footage from “Depression catwalk” backstage in parkingalley, shown in Azad art gallery, Tehran as a part of “deep depression” in 2004. The video beside …..

 

Artist(s): Behrang Samadzadegan

Title: Open Seas

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2006

Open Seas was produced initially to participate in the 5th Gyumri biennial (2006 Armenia), with “Sea: Dreams & illusions.” In fact, as an artist from middle-east, it was my imagination about a geopolitical concept: the Open Sea. An area full of oil sites, foreign soldiers, and environmental pollution. It is an open gate that brings war, death, and division to its local citizens as everlasting gifts.

 

Artist(s): Raha Faridi

Title: A Tooth in Decay

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2004

Raha Faridi describes this experimental video more like a self-therapy film, herself.

 

Artist(s): Amirali Mohebbinejad

Title: Shimmery, Smoky, Scummy

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2006

About Four minutes – Three episodes – Two moods – One concept – Zero side effect

 Episode one (Name, Time, Sound)

 Shimmery, 1:06, Let’s fade Together (Frantz Ferdinand)

 Episode two (Name, Time, Sound)

 Smoky, 2:03, Circle, Square, triangle (Amirali)

 Episode Three (Name, Time, Sound)

 Scummy, 1:03, when the sun goes down (Arctic Monkeys)

 

Artist(s): Mohammad Reza Heydari

Title: 2 Minutes Watching Moon Around

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2005

This is the 1st part of a trilogy called “Around, Inside & Backside.” The father & the son kill each other in different scenes for a veiled reason.

 

Artist(s): Negar Tahsili

Title: Of One Essence

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2005

A famous poem of “Sa’adi,” an Iranian poet, focuses on the kindship of all humans. The same poem is used to grace the entrance of the United Nations building in New York with this call for breaking all barriers: “The sons of Adam are limbs of each other,/ Having been created of one essence. /When the calamity of time affects one limb,/ The other limbs cannot remain at rest./ If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others/ Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a human.”

 

Artist(s): Behnam Kamrani

Title: Clothes for Gabriel

Country of production: Iran
Year: 2005

Text: Cloth is engaged with a long history in Iranian culture. Mystic clothes were used as means of showing power. They had many symbolic meanings that might have been changed through different eras. “Putting on” (Eltebas) is a philosophical term used by the great Sufi, Roozbehan, which indicates a process through which the invisible turns into the visible. In this video, the cloth is a site of spirituality; such a situation refers to the transcendent and the descendent of Gabriel, the angel. Spirituality is put into the image by the transparency of the cloth and the slow motion, while on the other hand, the cloth in the picture connotes an imagination of the body.

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