In this presentation, I created a rewriting of history in the form of a series of speculative events that parallel reality and draw upon the political and historical knowledge I have accumulated whilst living both in Iran and in Canada. The narrative’s anchoring theme is the means of control and discipline that the state imposes upon citizens.
Beginning with Berlin’s Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1942, continuing through the Cold War period in the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal in 1956, the story concludes in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where my father was detained as a political prisoner in 1974. Here, text, images, videos, and objects are layered and interwoven to create an unstable narrative to be decoded by the viewer and elaborated upon during a performance by myself.
Lecture-performance (single-channel video projection, text, tapes)
approx. 30 min.