Previously at the ICA - Films
10 May 2014
A Collective Memory: Poetics, Politics & Love Letters is a performance-lecture that incorporates visual and textual material from the artist's research archive A Collective Memory (2009-ongoing) coinciding with Azin Feizabadi's residency at Delfina Foundation.
Moving between fact and fiction, poetics and politics, his project aims to map transitional moments in the recent history of Iran and the greater Middle East.
The event's starting point is a sixty second moving image projection by the Lumière brothers, featuring workers exiting the Lumière factory, which was witnessed by hundreds of the French bourgeois in 1895. By examining two other incidents that occurred over a century later – one taking place in June 2011 in Tahrir Cinema in Cairo, and the other in June 2009 during the Green Human Chain campaign on Vali Asr Street in Tehran – Azin Feizabadi links the three events.
A Collective Memory: Poetics, Politics & Love Letters is about time travel, projection, and translation; it is about psychological uprisings from inner realities into outer expressions, and the potentials lying in transitional gaps in-between private spaces and public platforms.
For this program Azin Feizabadi has compiled a series of short films and video works to accompany his lecture:
Heba Amin, I'm the Son of the Nile, 2011, colour, sound, 2 min 45 sec (EG) from Project Speak2Tweet
Mosireen Collective, .mov and .avi files from Mosireen Archive, 2011, colour, sound, ca. 4 min, (EG)
Kaya Behkalam, Excursions in the Dark, 2011, colour, sound, 20 min (DE/EG)
Bani Khoshnoudi, Paradoxes of Time: Studies in Memory #1, 2012, colour, sound, 7 min, (IR/FR)
Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer, Unnamed Sound Sculpture, 2012, colour, sound, 5 min, (DE)
Maha Mamoun, 2026, 2010, colour, sound, 9 min, (EG)
Abbas Kiarostmai, First Case, Second Case, 1979-1982, colour, sound, 45 min, (IR)
Duration: 115 min
With support from Magic of Persia and Delfina Foundation
Azin Feizabadi thanks the artists and filmmakers for contributing their works to the program
Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.