Anahita Norouzi: de- + patterned: A Space In-Between
from: 27.06.2018 to: 30.06.2018
June 27-30th 2018, SomoS Art House Berlin presented the multimedia exhibition from Iranian-Canadian artist Anahita Norouzi titled “de- + patterned: A Space in-between.” In this presentation, the artist draws from her own personal archive of memories, texts, and family stories to revisit and at times revise the historical events surrounding the Iranian Revolution and the unlawful incarcerations/human rights violations, that remained a constant before and after regime change. Text, images, mural, video, and objects are layered and interwoven to create an unstable/mythological narrative to be decoded by the viewer and elaborated upon during a performance by the artist on the opening night.
Likening the institutionalized suppression of history with the internalized process of memory repression, Norouzi uses the power of her own writing on the events from her family history and the power of photographs to invoke memory. She juxtaposes objectivity in the form of factual accounting of events and geography with the speculative and counterfactual recounting of secondhand information passed down from her father. The imperfection and ambiguity of memory is both an effect of the traumatic relationship with the past and a source from which to draw from in order to create a newly imagined narrative that is no more or less real than what may have actually taken place.
Norouzi’s work at SomoS aims to create a new narrative framework that is parallel to reality. With the historical and political knowledge she has accumulated in the two countries she has lived in, she rewrites history to generate a chain of speculative events manifest in the multimedia installation combining text, image, and video in the exhibition space at SomoS. This exhibition marks Norouzi’s first exhibition in Berlin and the first time that her unique method of historical interpretation can be seen in Europe.
About Anahita Norouzi
Anahita Norouzi (b. 1983, Tehran) is originally from Iran and now lives between Tehran (Iran) and Montreal (Canada). She is an accomplished artist and academic holding advanced degrees in Fine Arts and French Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She has lectured extensively on the subject of her own art in relation to identity, migration, trauma, and memory studies. She was also a finalist for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize with work exhibited at the Royal College of Art in London and in Dubai in 2013. She has also exhibited her work across Canada and extensively in Iran.
Her conception of art is closely related to social, political and cultural issues, that she aims to critically explore in her works. Her artwork often addresses the issues of memory and identity from a psychohistorical perspective. She investigates these concepts in relation to her dichotomous condition as an Iranian citizen and a distant observer at the same time.
title: A study on Docile Bodies
medium: 2 photographs, video projector, wall drawing with black tape
size: 300 x 240 cm
edition: 3 + AP
title: de- + patterend: A Space In-between
18 min. 20 sec.
one-channel video projection, color, sound, dimension variable
edition: 4 + AP