Artist Statement

Being away from home and family, Dealing with politics and war, as well as facing certain travel restrictions, dramatically increased my obsessive habit of playing with my hair. A habit that seems relatively harmless, but also impossible to stop. As it eases my daily stress, the habit continues to grow, and yet, in my very private moments, I admit that I am more fragile than yesterday.

 

5 - 1 is an interactive installation visualizing the traumatic influence of the extreme polarization between the East and West, in my personal life.

 

The video projection includes a single channel of 11 selected videos projected on magnifying sheets. The two sides of the interactive installation include two touch sensors triggered by stepping on them and it creates an active dialogue between Iranian and American governments. 

 

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