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YARAT announces the group exhibition Fragile Frontiers: Visions on Iran's In/Visible Borders, presenting newly commissioned as well as recent works of 15 artists who view frontiers as precarious, ephemeral or frictional, arguing that no border - whether cultural, territorial or psychological - is completely durable. Examining the dilemma of borders within the Iranian contet, alongside its neighbouring nations, the show raises quistions about political identity as well as internal, interpersonal and international boundaries.
On the first floor, the show explores the invisible frontiers between body space and city space; chaos and order; social and personal space; "I" and "other". Kamrroz Aram's new multi-media work Energy for Blue Architecture contains multiple cultural references from Iran, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan - countries untited by a Persian heritage - through various materials and forms. Aram explains, "If the object in question is hundreds of years old and the borders that delineate nations have shifted and evolved over centuries, then the claim of national origin assigned to an pbject is dubious (geographic and national origin, of course, are not necessarily hte same). His installation is set in dialogue with a masterpiece by Azerbaijani postraitust Mirza Kadym Irevani, famous for his "typical" Persian miniatures. Leila Pazooki's work Untitled also explores the notion of barriers: "Unwritten rules, social and culturall tabbos, conservative and traditional limitations, lawa that we are encounter every day, boundaries we don't realise we cross earch minute". In response, the second floor offers a counter-position, focusinf on the experience of boundlessness and exploration beyond physical limits, referencing elemets of nature: earth, sky, water. An immersive marble and mirror gateway by artist Navid Nuur acts as a mediator of
time, creating an entrance to a parallel universe. The cosmos is also discussed inTimo Nasseri's commissioned work It's always night, or we wouldn't need light, tracing the starry sky with small, b;ack stone grains, dissolving and disappearing in the course of time. In her commissioned The fluid body, Neda Razavipour inverstigates the notion of inner/intimate memory and collective memory, related to her childhhod spent on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The sound and video intallation documents true stories gathered by the artist from Astara to Jolfa, Iran, including tales of people separated by the Aras river border. The Aras river border has also inspired the newly commissioned video by Jleh Nesari, who whispers verses from poet Nizami Ganjavi, well known for his masterpiece Leili and Majnun, where the
protagonists bemoan their forced separation.
The exhibition is curated by Farah Piriye and Anna Fech.