(be)longing (watermarked excerpt)
Video Installation | Dimensions Variable | 2013
HD Video | 5' 45" loop | Sound Composed by Javad Safari
I admit that I am an alien and stranger on earth, looking for a country of my own. If I had been thinking of the country I had left, I would have had opportunity to return. Instead, I was longing for a better country-a heavenly one. For, a city has been prepared for me. ⃰
(be)longing resonates with ideas about attachment and detachment, migration and our physical and psychological experience of space. (be)longing is about connecting; Connecting juxtaposed times, memories and spaces. The video that is captured in my host land, Australia, is fragmented, amplified and re-attached to itself to create familiar motives. The patch work motives and the carpet like positioning of video at the center of the hall, tend to superimpose two contrasting worlds: homeland and destination.
⃰ adapted from Hebrews 11 : 13-16
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