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Border

Border is a video installation in which Farsi and English texts move towards a corner of a room and disappear on the borderline of two walls. It is about arbitrariness of rules and regulations, the sense of in-between-ness, duality and ambivalence that one experiences in a transcultural situation.

     The borderline is a narrow vertical line between two walls: the joint. The place two walls meet.  This very “thin line” changes the direction of one’s eye, all of a sudden similar to geopolitical borders in between countries. One step back or forth one is occupied with different laws and orders.

Exhibition history —> THIRD SPACE, Harbourfront Centre, 2013 - (B)ORDERS, ORDERS, (DIS)ORDERS, Raf Gallery, Tehran, 2012 - IN OTHER WORDS: BLACK MARKET OF TRANSLATION Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien & NGBK, Berlin, 2012

Border

Border, @ Third Space, Harbourfront Centre, 2013

Border

Border, @ Third Space, Harbourfront Centre, 2013

Border

Border, @ In Other Words, Black Market of Translation, Berlin, 2012

Aleph

Single channel video, 2009

Aleph is a two panel video in which I write “الف” - the first letter in Persian alphabet- in one panel and in the other I erase it.

Aleph is an implication to an abstract and dysfunctional alphabet, which never gets the chance to appear on the paper, and demolishes from the very beginning of its content. The performative act of erasing amplifies Aleph with a paradoxical characteristic of creation and destruction. There is mourning for the deceased where at the same time is delighting for the newborn. In this piece, I am destructing Aleph, my handwriting, my drawing, and my art in an attempt to recreate. Repeatedly erasing the known and making a path through the unknown, with an awareness of being under the gaze of remnants, I name it Aleph, the beginning and the end.

exhibition history —> Iran via Video Current, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY, Dec 2011. AGH World Film festival, Hamilton 2010. Gallery1313, Toronto February 2009. Limited Access II, Tehran October 2009. 

Aleph@Thomas Erben Gallery

Other Is, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010

Aleph@Thomas Erben Gallery

Other Is, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010

Aleph@Thomas Erben Gallery

Other Is, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010

Decenter

Decenter is a two-part installation: a single video and a represented room of production. Single channel video constantly reveals the conventions of the media in many different ways: usage of green screen, the changes in the backgrounds and so on. A different version of the same video is displayed on a separate screen. This installation decenters and shifts the attention from a unified and complete artwork to the process of its development.

Decenter-still-1

part 1- Video still, 2011

 Decenter-documentation

part 2- installation view, 2011

Decenter

part 2- Video still, 2011

Decenter

part 2- Video still, 2011

IMG_1243

Post Order, 2012, Toronto

Decenter

@ Cité internationale des Arts, 2012, Paris

Decenter

@ Cité internationale des Arts, 2012, Paris

Decenter

Xpace external space, 2012

Grid

Single channel video, 2011

Artist Statement

Video Installation, 2011

Artist Statement is a video installation consisted of three video loops of the same video footage, each installed in a different room. In the back ground artist reads her artist statement in Farsi. Each video has a voice-over: a translation of the speech in different languages: Korean, Dutch, French.  Artist Statement intends to draw attention to the differences among languages/cultures and the lost meanings or components in translations in the contemporary globalized situation.

Artist Statement puts distances in-between presented videos and makes the viewers travel room to room, in search of a message. Searching gets harder due to the lingual barriers. Moreover, translations are done on Google translate, and synched with the video footages as voice-overs. The viewers will find themselves watching a press conference in a foreign language. Wondering about the subject of the talk, they enter the last room, English version, just to find out the message they have been waiting to hear is been distorted through translation.

Translated on Google Translate.

Alex Beriault- English Speaker

Bahar Kamali- lighting and Camera

Artist Statement

Artist Statement Artist Statement

Time

Single chanel video, 2010

Past>> V+1 @ 8eleven

Opening: Aug/16/ 2014  [3-7pm]

Exhibition runs until Aug/30/2014

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday [12-5pm]

Facebook event page

Alphabet

Video installation, 2010

The viewer finds herself or himself in front of a two-panel video in which two pencils start to print out two alphabets, one in English, from left to right, and the other in Farsi, from right to left. I followed my handwriting with a camera while I was writing the alphabets on a textured watercolor paper. A dense and textured sound floats along with the hand movements. The sound of each pencil in motion combines and seems to form from the mixture of the English and Farsi written alphabets. Alphabet is about amalgamation or meeting of two distinct poles, where a state of in-between-ness arises. Having both Farsi and English, I made two languages move towards each other to highlight the fact that they never blend and maintain their borders.

exhibition history —> on tour with Project 35 Volume 2 a project by Independent Curators International (ICI),  Sometimes Y, Al Green Gallery, Toronto 2011. Remote homecoming Studio Strike, London. UK 2011. I Will Never Be The Same, Videocube, Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey, 2010.

Sometimes Y-1 Alphabet, Sometimes Y, Installation view @ Al Green Gallery, Feb 2011. Sometimes Y-2 Alphabet, Sometimes Y, Installation view @ Al Green Gallery, Feb 2011.

The Shelf

used books, 2011

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Pleasure Hole

Video Installation- animation, loop, 2011

Pleasure Hole is an animation/installation, which uses the illusionistic and hyper realistic nature of animation to explore the unseen meanings. This work draws on Roland Barthes’ book “The Pleasure of the text” and attempts to unveil the hidden meanings of a text and bring the pleasure of discovery to the reader. This effort takes place to achieve cognition metaphorically. In the search for pleasure, the more one digs into the text, the more he or she gets confused and drained in the pool of knowledge.

Pleasuehole doc#4

Pleasuehole doc#1

Fractal

Installation/video projectio, 2011

Arts Associate

performance, digital print ID cards, 2012

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

10SAFAEI_SONA_Arts Associate 11SAFAEI_SONA_Arts Associate

13SAFAEI_SONA_Arts Associate

Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement

interactive video project, 2012-2013

Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement is a video project in which I recorded the changes I made to my own artist statement over a period of seven months. Viewers were shown six different videos playing simultaneously. For each video I read a different iteration of my artist statement that I wrote for this work. This work is shown on a Mac computer with QuickTime player program to let the viewers to listen to single videos.

IMG_8586 Untitled

04-Sona Safaei_ Ongoing Archival

SONA-SAFAEI_Ongoing Archival

Artist’s Statement [commonality]

Artist Statement [Commonality], Video projection + Text piece, 2012

Artist’s Statement [commonality] is a two-part artwork, made up of a text piece and a video work. The text installation part consists of juxtaposing sentences taken from the exhibition catalogues and press releases of four major exhibitions and biennials: (Tate Modern Triennial 2009, The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, São Paulo Biennial 2012, ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale).  In the video performing as a lecturer I echo theses sentences in a redundant manner. The viewer hears a voice that announces a sentence and then sees my reaction to this voice, which is repeating the exact same thing.

Artist's Statement Commonality

Artist's Statement [commonality]- Part II

Artist's Statement Commonality

Past> Assignments @ Artspace

sonasafaeisooreh:

Sona Safaei-Sooreh’s solo show in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 @ Peterborough’s ARTSPACE ,will be on view from June 27 through August 16, 2014.

Review @ kawarthanow

I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario

Facebook event page

assignments-postcard-front (CMYK)

Border

Border is a video installation in which Farsi and English texts move towards a corner of a room and disappear on the borderline of two walls. It is about arbitrariness of rules and regulations, the sense of in-between-ness, duality and ambivalence that one experiences in a transcultural situation.

     The borderline is a narrow vertical line between two walls: the joint. The place two walls meet.  This very “thin line” changes the direction of one’s eye, all of a sudden similar to geopolitical borders in between countries. One step back or forth one is occupied with different laws and orders.

Exhibition history —> THIRD SPACE, Harbourfront Centre, 2013 - (B)ORDERS, ORDERS, (DIS)ORDERS, Raf Gallery, Tehran, 2012 - IN OTHER WORDS: BLACK MARKET OF TRANSLATION Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien & NGBK, Berlin, 2012

Border

Border, @ Third Space, Harbourfront Centre, 2013

Border

Border, @ Third Space, Harbourfront Centre, 2013

Border

Border, @ In Other Words, Black Market of Translation, Berlin, 2012

Aleph

Single channel video, 2009

Aleph is a two panel video in which I write “الف” - the first letter in Persian alphabet- in one panel and in the other I erase it.

Aleph is an implication to an abstract and dysfunctional alphabet, which never gets the chance to appear on the paper, and demolishes from the very beginning of its content. The performative act of erasing amplifies Aleph with a paradoxical characteristic of creation and destruction. There is mourning for the deceased where at the same time is delighting for the newborn. In this piece, I am destructing Aleph, my handwriting, my drawing, and my art in an attempt to recreate. Repeatedly erasing the known and making a path through the unknown, with an awareness of being under the gaze of remnants, I name it Aleph, the beginning and the end.

exhibition history —> Iran via Video Current, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY, Dec 2011. AGH World Film festival, Hamilton 2010. Gallery1313, Toronto February 2009. Limited Access II, Tehran October 2009. 

Aleph@Thomas Erben Gallery

Other Is, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010

Aleph@Thomas Erben Gallery

Other Is, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010

Aleph@Thomas Erben Gallery

Other Is, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2010

Decenter

Decenter is a two-part installation: a single video and a represented room of production. Single channel video constantly reveals the conventions of the media in many different ways: usage of green screen, the changes in the backgrounds and so on. A different version of the same video is displayed on a separate screen. This installation decenters and shifts the attention from a unified and complete artwork to the process of its development.

Decenter-still-1

part 1- Video still, 2011

 Decenter-documentation

part 2- installation view, 2011

Decenter

part 2- Video still, 2011

Decenter

part 2- Video still, 2011

IMG_1243

Post Order, 2012, Toronto

Decenter

@ Cité internationale des Arts, 2012, Paris

Decenter

@ Cité internationale des Arts, 2012, Paris

Decenter

Xpace external space, 2012

Grid

Single channel video, 2011

Artist Statement

Video Installation, 2011

Artist Statement is a video installation consisted of three video loops of the same video footage, each installed in a different room. In the back ground artist reads her artist statement in Farsi. Each video has a voice-over: a translation of the speech in different languages: Korean, Dutch, French.  Artist Statement intends to draw attention to the differences among languages/cultures and the lost meanings or components in translations in the contemporary globalized situation.

Artist Statement puts distances in-between presented videos and makes the viewers travel room to room, in search of a message. Searching gets harder due to the lingual barriers. Moreover, translations are done on Google translate, and synched with the video footages as voice-overs. The viewers will find themselves watching a press conference in a foreign language. Wondering about the subject of the talk, they enter the last room, English version, just to find out the message they have been waiting to hear is been distorted through translation.

Translated on Google Translate.

Alex Beriault- English Speaker

Bahar Kamali- lighting and Camera

Artist Statement

Artist Statement Artist Statement

Time

Single chanel video, 2010

Past>> V+1 @ 8eleven

Opening: Aug/16/ 2014  [3-7pm]

Exhibition runs until Aug/30/2014

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday [12-5pm]

Facebook event page

Alphabet

Video installation, 2010

The viewer finds herself or himself in front of a two-panel video in which two pencils start to print out two alphabets, one in English, from left to right, and the other in Farsi, from right to left. I followed my handwriting with a camera while I was writing the alphabets on a textured watercolor paper. A dense and textured sound floats along with the hand movements. The sound of each pencil in motion combines and seems to form from the mixture of the English and Farsi written alphabets. Alphabet is about amalgamation or meeting of two distinct poles, where a state of in-between-ness arises. Having both Farsi and English, I made two languages move towards each other to highlight the fact that they never blend and maintain their borders.

exhibition history —> on tour with Project 35 Volume 2 a project by Independent Curators International (ICI),  Sometimes Y, Al Green Gallery, Toronto 2011. Remote homecoming Studio Strike, London. UK 2011. I Will Never Be The Same, Videocube, Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey, 2010.

Sometimes Y-1 Alphabet, Sometimes Y, Installation view @ Al Green Gallery, Feb 2011. Sometimes Y-2 Alphabet, Sometimes Y, Installation view @ Al Green Gallery, Feb 2011.

The Shelf

used books, 2011

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Pleasure Hole

Video Installation- animation, loop, 2011

Pleasure Hole is an animation/installation, which uses the illusionistic and hyper realistic nature of animation to explore the unseen meanings. This work draws on Roland Barthes’ book “The Pleasure of the text” and attempts to unveil the hidden meanings of a text and bring the pleasure of discovery to the reader. This effort takes place to achieve cognition metaphorically. In the search for pleasure, the more one digs into the text, the more he or she gets confused and drained in the pool of knowledge.

Pleasuehole doc#4

Pleasuehole doc#1

Fractal

Installation/video projectio, 2011

Arts Associate

performance, digital print ID cards, 2012

Arts Associate was a performance in which four performers were hired to approach viewers in an empty gallery space as if they were in a retail store. The title of the work resembles “sales associate”. In this project performers pose as sales associates, selling the idea of the artwork, as opposed to a physical thing. Performers explained the concept of the performance to each viewer individually. Each performer started their conversation with greeting sentences, for example: “Hello welcome, has any body helped you today?”

Each associate delivers the following information:

- Arts Associate refers to the history of dematerialization in the art world, where artists create nonsalable works.

-Essentially, the works that went objectless to create institutional critique.

-References the object of desire, in Lacanian sense: the thing that we can never have.

-Therefore, introducing the work is ‘the work’.

Performers: Patty Farias | Lanie Chalmers | Brianna MacLellan | Sona Safaei | Jonathan Simpson

10SAFAEI_SONA_Arts Associate 11SAFAEI_SONA_Arts Associate

13SAFAEI_SONA_Arts Associate

Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement

interactive video project, 2012-2013

Ongoing/Archival Artist Statement is a video project in which I recorded the changes I made to my own artist statement over a period of seven months. Viewers were shown six different videos playing simultaneously. For each video I read a different iteration of my artist statement that I wrote for this work. This work is shown on a Mac computer with QuickTime player program to let the viewers to listen to single videos.

IMG_8586 Untitled

04-Sona Safaei_ Ongoing Archival

SONA-SAFAEI_Ongoing Archival

Artist’s Statement [commonality]

Artist Statement [Commonality], Video projection + Text piece, 2012

Artist’s Statement [commonality] is a two-part artwork, made up of a text piece and a video work. The text installation part consists of juxtaposing sentences taken from the exhibition catalogues and press releases of four major exhibitions and biennials: (Tate Modern Triennial 2009, The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, São Paulo Biennial 2012, ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale).  In the video performing as a lecturer I echo theses sentences in a redundant manner. The viewer hears a voice that announces a sentence and then sees my reaction to this voice, which is repeating the exact same thing.

Artist's Statement Commonality

Artist's Statement [commonality]- Part II

Artist's Statement Commonality

Past> Assignments @ Artspace

sonasafaeisooreh:

Sona Safaei-Sooreh’s solo show in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 @ Peterborough’s ARTSPACE ,will be on view from June 27 through August 16, 2014.

Review @ kawarthanow

I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario

Facebook event page

assignments-postcard-front (CMYK)

Border
Aleph
Decenter
Grid
Artist Statement
Time
Alphabet
The Shelf
Pleasure Hole
Fractal
Arts Associate
Ongoing/ Archival Artist Statement
Artist’s Statement [commonality]

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