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Arash Nassiri

Tehran-geles

Arash Nassiri

City of Tales

Arash Nassiri was born in Tehran in 1986. He is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains. He lives and works in Paris, France.

 

Arash Nassiri is interested in the subjective reading of spaces and how the collective imaginary is shaped and represented. Drawing upon private utopias and distorted concepts, the artist refers to his films as little ‘embassies’ – autonomous spatial and temporal zones for personal memories and beliefs, shared fantasies and conspiracy theories fused together to produce fictional and somewhat hallucinatory visions. Rather than working towards a linear structure, in his films, Nassiri employs diverse vocabulary that he reconfigures with precision and embeds in the editing process. The works are comprised of found footage and other archival material which the artist then adapts using the latest IT developments within a range of documentary and cinematic genres to achieve different outcomes.

 

The City of Tales (2017) shares the same point of departure as Teheran-Geles(2015), an earlier production by Arash Nassiri, both works using the idea of ‘audiovisual migration’ of individual memories that have been displaced from the original context and restaged in the present. Indirectly referencing the short-lived westernisation of the Iranian capital of the 1960s and 1970s, the films look at Los Angeles as the model Western city for Teheran. Whereas Teheran-Geles (2015) reflects on the failed promises of modernisation, The City of Tales raises the question of how different modes of representation activate memories. Shot on the night of the Iranian New Year celebration, The City of Tales is an oneiric journey through the uncanny urban space in which the reminiscences of Teheran’s residents and landscapes of today’s Los Angeles fuse into a single vision. The camera follows a group of people, residents of Los Angeles, equipped with mobile phones with recorded testimonies of Iranians no longer living in their home country. They guide the viewer through the city, reciting the assembled stories in Persian dialects, for which the neon lights demarcate the physical space. In the process of separation and repetition, the language and the story disintegrate and drift apart. The visual and audio distortions evoke the loss of information in the transitory space where personal nostalgia is interwoven with fantasies of modernity.

Arash Nassiri  

Tehran-geles  ​​

Video

Year: 2014

Duration: 17 min 45

BIOGRAPHY
Born 1986, Iran

Works in France ​​

VIDEO EXHIBITED AT (selection)

Arash Nassiri — Zhou Tao

The Sun of the Sleepless

The Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan (Armenia) 

16.11.2018 – 16.12.2018 

https://www.accea.info/hy

Arash Nassiri
Tehran-Geles

13.01.2019 – 20.01.2019

Centre Pompidou-Metz
1, parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme
57000 Metz

https://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/

In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection
28.07.2017 – 29.10.2017
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito
Montevideo y Luis Dávila, Montevideo, Quito, Équateur
http://www.centrodeartecontemporaneo.gob.ec/

 

In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection
16.04.2017 – 09.07.2017 
He Xiangning Art Museum 
9103 Shennan Ave 
HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu 
518053 Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China 
http://www.hxnart.com/

Arash Nassiri  

City of Tales

Video

Year: 2017

Duration: 21 min 25

Video produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation

VIDEO EXHIBITED AT (selection)

Arash Nassiri: City of Tales

06.02.2019 — 10.02.2019

Martha Kirszenbaum, curator Projections

Tobacco Factory

Raleigh Rd, Bristol BS3 1TF, UK

http://tobaccofactory.com/

Gallery Jousse Entreprise

6 rue Saint Claude, 75003 Paris, FR

https://www.jousse-entreprise.com/fr/

Art Rottredam

Van Nelleweg 1, 3044 BC Rotterdam, NL

http://www.artrotterdam.com/

City of Tales by Arash Nassiri
28.03.2018 – 08.04.2018
New Directors/New Films Festival
MoMA & Lincoln Center, New York 

 

In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection
28.07.2017 – 29.10.2017
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito
Montevideo y Luis Dávila, Montevideo, Quito, Équateur
http://www.centrodeartecontemporaneo.gob.ec/

 

In Search of Global Poetry: Videos from the Han Nefkens Collection
16.04.2017 – 09.07.2017 
He Xiangning Art Museum 
9103 Shennan Ave 
HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu 
518053 Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China 
http://www.hxnart.com/

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