Video

Sound of Strings

Rah

2012, 04:41 minutes, Colour, No language

TAPECODE 1083.01

On the left screen, I am threading my face which is a form of epilation and is common practice in Middle Eastern countries. This method of threading is used in Iranian culture and it has been a part of my upbringing since a young age. It is also a female bonding ritual, one in which I share with the women in my life and it is typically performed in a private space. This space is commonly reserved for story sharing and dialogue. I attempt to bring the viewer into intimate contact with acts that are usually performed in private; I attempt to create feelings of closeness and familiarity. My performance becomes an offer of intimacy and access.

On the right screen, I am sewing the front of chador, which is a garment worn by women in Islamic countries to show religious affiliation. Further, the beautiful traditional Iranian music is the sound of the santoor played by Hamid Reza Naderian. This collaboration with Naderian demonstrates our relationship as artists living in the diaspora in search of cultural identity.

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