Ila Firouzabadi Payam Mofidi “The sea. Smiles from far off. Teeth of foam. Lips of sky.” Lorca
© Payam Mofidi
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7 pm
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The interactive installation by Ila Firouzabadi and Payam Mofidi deals with the theme of war. Archival images from different countries and video portraits of imaginary characters who have lived through war and are recounting their stories are shown. Shaping a path, the images are projected from the ceiling towards the floor for the public who must make them visible against their hands or a piece of paper, or project them on the wall with a small mirror. These symbolic actions remind of the importance of civilians’ role in wartime as they make visible the misery and bitterness that conflict causes. The public’s participation through the use of their hands highlights the daily presence of war in our lives, and aims to make it more palpable for those who have perhaps never experienced it.
* The installation’s title comes from the poem “Ballad of the Water of the Sea” by Federico García Lorca, published in The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca, New Directions, 1955.
© Payam Mofidi
Visual artist Ila Firouzabadi received a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (Master Degree in Visual Arts) from the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Strasbourg, France, in 2009. Continuing to develop as a versatile artist, particularly in sculpture and drawing, she has honed her skills over many years of professional art practice and has participated in numerous exhibitions. Specializing in sculpture and drawing, Ila has in-depth knowledge of all the steps of making ceramic sculptures and casting.
Payam Mofidi is a multidisciplinary artist born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, and based in Montreal. A unique lyrical aesthetic language and an epistemological expression are central to his process of creating and narrating his works. Mofidi’s practice deals with paradoxical notions: power and decline, agony and comfort, innocence and impurity. He often portrays his characters in situations where they seem to trapped in loops, which metaphorically evokes the actuality of humanity and the global social order and control.