Tomorrow Another City
Works by Shirin Sabahi
MOP CAP 2011 Winner's Exhibition
For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Sabahi presented a new series of works, which were made out of and were about obsessive attempts at making a film, solving a mathematical problem and speculating a love affair. These seemingly unrelated fragments came together in a sparse but evocative manifestation of the artist’s growing interest in the ways in which artefacts are fabricated. The exhibition gathered activities stuck in an infinite present, a cycle where communication is disrupted, doubt is looped and scheduled time passes without ever coming to an end. A total of four works in the exhibition included a film installation, a series of drawings, a flipbook and film stills. The works are the result of tasks that are either predetermined or unknown, yet one wouldn’t reach the final if not through assigning oneself to an exhaustive and repetitive search, which may or may not be futile.
Shirin, born in 1984 in Iran, uses image as the primary material in her works, and text as the interlocutor of ideas embedded in the image. Ranging from video and slide projection installations to collages, artist books and movie subtitles, her projects often develop from tracing the visual and textual material she collects. In her artistic practice, she addresses interpretations and identifications encouraged by language and image in relation to different temporalities, employing translation and transformation and playing with formats and rituals of fabricating and perceiving art and in a broader sense meaning.
This exhibition was supported by Mr Farbod Dowlatshahi, the Danish Arts Council and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.
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