Fabrications takes an experimental approach in presentation creating an interpretation of a bazaar, a market place of ideas and ideologies, with the goal of disseminating past and present political discourse, historical perspectives and distributing knowledge. A selection of the collected and found archives belonging to the Iranian Student Association of Northern California (ISANC), now at the Library of Congress, will be produced in various media including hand-crafted objects representing ideologies, events and people systematically erased and censored from history by different governments of Iran. Beaded curtains and broken glass assemblages, pounded felt carpets, mirrored steel, powder coated aluminum as well as laser cut carefully replicate portraits, logos and slogans, maps or newspaper headlines, as commemoratives to time, place and people.
Heroes Martyrs Legends is a series of headshots of young Iranian student activists, executed before and after the revolution (1357/1979), representing the outcry of a generation dissolved in the zeitgeist of the romantic notion of a selfless revolutionary who in massive unified action, contributed to a major shift in the political direction of the country and the faith of the region. Fragmented, with varied degrees of articulation, the images for the series are downloaded from various internet sites, their bitmaps translated into beads, to create a commemorative to a silenced generation.
Naaser, 1360; Mohammad, 1360; Tahereh, 1355; Syroos, 1350;
Ghazaal, 1356; Hameed, 1364; Mehrnoosh, 1350; Behrooz, 1350;
Asmar, 1360; Mokhtar, 1362; Shireen, 1354; Yoosef, 1352
Slogans glass assemblages are a series of collected slogans from the 16th of Azar publication, which was printed twice a month in Berkeley California from 1962-1980. The various slogans developed in response to unfolding events, become evidence of time. The slogans echo calls for democracy and freedom, paying homage to various struggles across the globe.
Slogans, 16 of Azar publications; 2010-2012, glass frits on canvas on board, 11x 14; Unity Struggle Victory, 2010, 6 mm beaded banner, 12×40; Newspaper headlines, 1978, Glass frits on board, 9″ circle