A performance by Wafaa Bilal.
Friday, September 23, 2011
11:30am-1:30pm, NYC | 8pm-10pm, Tehran
Documentation on view through October 10, 2011
White Box, NYC | Aaran Gallery, Tehran
Co-curated by Ava Ansari and Molly Kleiman of the Back Room, in collaboration with MA.P.S White Box, NYC, and Aaran Gallery, Tehran.
With eighty-seven Iranian performers, an empty swimming pool, and five cameras, Wafaa Bilal developed A Call as a memorial to the dead, the living, and the forgotten of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). As the Iranian government denied Bilal an artist’s visa, he attended the September 23rd 2011 premiere at Aaran Gallery in Tehran remotely, from a parallel opening at White Box in New York City. A video of the Tehran installation and its visitors streamed live on White Box’s walls. The mediated performance enacted the dislocations, delays, and ruptures that war breeds.
View the performance online: tinyurl.com/67xzh8f
Read an conversation about the making of A Call, with Ava Ansari, Wafaa Bilal, Molly Kleiman, and Nazila Noebashari: “Being There,” ArteEast.
The performance was made in collaboration with curators of the Back Room, Ava Ansari and Molly Kleiman; curator and director of Aaran Gallery, Nazila Noebashari; performance director Hamid Pourazari; photographers Aliyar Rasti and Sasan Abri; cinematographer Amir Mousavi; technical director Sohrab Kashani; choreographer Sara Reyhani; and lighting designer Rodin Hamidi; and many other performers and contributors.
Laurie Blum an American painter & gardener visited Iran three times from 2003-2005. She was the first person allowed to paint on the grounds of the Garden of Paradise, Hafez's Tomb, and Sa'adi's Tomb after the guards fell in love with her work. She has met dignitaries from Iran and has been invited to exhibit at The United Nations, The National Arts Club, and Hafez' tomb. Her love for Persian Miniatures, Hafez and the Persian language began when she was young and continues today.
Art work by Laurie Blum: laurieblum.com
Music by Blake Woessner: buffaloson.com
Aired on Voice of America - Persian News Network
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