Tehran Reflections

30 min., Iran 2005
2 channel video installation
stereo sound, color, looped DVD, synchronized replay

“The empty gaze imagines itself (as) one; that is, it bears itself ahead of itself as that which succeeds itself, a blind spot that also forms, at every moment, and as every moment, the focal point where an image lights up (a look, a representation, some thing, a spark of world). To imagine the one, and to imagine oneself (as) one—this is possible only beginning from death: from the point at which the one ceases, by which alone the ‘one’ appears (to) itself as such, in disappearing.”
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Ground of the Image

“Tehran Reflections” examines the public space of the Iranian capital Tehran by using the wall murals of martyrs and religious leaders as a roadmap. The 2 channel video installation juxtaposes the blank gazes depicted on these monumental murals with their fragmented and distorted reflections in which these images proliferate.

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