The Romantic Self-Exiles II (2012)
<I ask you to show me the view of Tehran from your Balcony. You look back into the monitor: “ But remember? It’s hard to breath here. Darkness hides it all.” You still showed me the lights, the beautiful lights of Tehran which I only started to dream of after I left>.
(This video is a documentation of my installation displayed at Oliver Francis Gallery/Dallas Bienalle in April 2012. It’s an extension of my 3D animation (The Romantic Self-Exiles I), and a physical representation of imagined, dreamed, romanticized, beautiful Tehran. Two of the videos were taken by myself from the streets of Tehran with my iphone during my visit in 2010, and the video of Lights of Tehran at night was taken by Mona Allahyari and Amir Shahryar Tavallali in 2012. The videos were projected through one projector on 20 cubes made from plexiglas, covering 4 walls of the gallery).