For several months, Amirali Ghasemi made video recordings of over 500 neon signs from shopping centres, restaurants etc. in Tehran, mainly words. These recordings were then used as the backdrop for a new series of video portraits. Every visitor who wanted to participate in the installation was given a torch and asked to stand in front of the camera while a video collection of random short clips from the recordings of Tehran's flickering neon lights was played in the background. The result was recorded and screened live on another screen. The combination of random people who frequently participated and agreed to stand on the spot, and the way in which each person used the light of the torch created and introduced an enormous range of new expressions & meanings.
Amirali will be continuing this portrait series for the “Lion under the Rainbow” exhibition. Working in the same way with Athenian visitors, he will add a further projection: as visitors from Athens stand in front of the recording of neon signs from Tehran, they will also see a selection of the video portraits of the people in Tehran. Something of the two cities will coexist at the moment of performance.
Dancing Fan is one of Amirali Ghasemi's early videos, shot in 1999 on a Sony 8 camera, the tape was lost for years in the storage and found again in early 2014 after moving out the studio in a box.
the sound has been captured live along with video and it's unedited recording or the music by Jan Garbarek being played back mixed with the sound of the fan itself and of course the paper.
Amirali Ghasemi tells the stories behind the photographs he took between 2002-2007 in this two channel video performance. he selects these images from photos he had printed for an exhibition called "Amirali's Hard Disk" he printed more than 2000 photographs each 18x13 cm to create a large photo installation covering the walls of Azad Gallery In Tehran. Each photo has a unique story looking at them more closely one can notice 4 small holes in each corner of the photographs caused by the pins he used to fix them on the walls.