Multimedia exhibition by : Raheleh Filsoofi
Oct 6th - 13th , 2017
The installation makes homage to the spirit of interfaith and intercultural dialog that was promoted by Safa Khaneh Community in Isfahan in Iran in 1902. It utilizes video and the spaces created within the wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes, in order to unify the visual experience of viewers in two distinct venues -the Abad Gallery in Iran and the Hollywood Art and Cultural Center in Hollywood, Florida, U.S.A. The arrangement compels the viewer to explore the idea of imagination and reality in three dimensions. What is real and what is not? How do we know what we know? The system is a metaphor for the communities into which our society is organized, a labyrinth of closed spaces where people of different cultures struggle to interact and communicate. From gate communities to less physical, cultural agglomerations, our society is rife with boundaries, obstacles in space and comprehension for those that have been here for a long time and those that have just arrived. The installation brings to the fore the confusion that can arise in such circumstances. It is a vision of human existence in which the ldentity, the notion of Self, the misunderstanding of Otherness, are all part of an individual's daily experience. Each box is a zone of control and abandon that contrasts what the
viewer sees first and what he or she is able to discover inside through the video.