Wish you weren’t here!, a mixed-media installation by Parisa Ghaderi (MFA 2014) will be on display from September 23 — October 11 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of ArtPrize Seven.
Parisa Ghaderi: Wish you weren’t here! | ArtPrize
My work is about the distance created by compounded loss and the opacity of language. As an Iranian woman living in the U.S. for the past six years, the concept of nostalgia has become very bold for me. I’m looking at the past lives of people in my country, and trying to understand and reconnect with the person I am today. By adding mundane household objects to vintage photos from Iran and rephotographing them, I hope to juxtapose sense of alienation and contradiction into each piece. The act of rephotographing and transferring the image onto canvas is like translation; things are lost or changed in the process which creates an emotional distance between the work and the viewer. In addition, Persian calligraphy bleeding out of the frame functions as a decorative object; when language becomes form and loses its ability to communicate.
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