Everything is upside down no.1/5-Chichast Seres
Mixed Media, Lambda print on Fujifilm archival silk paper, Mirrors, and Frame
40x18 x 20 cm
Edition of 3
This artwork was added to Artious by Neda Z. Saz.
“Chichast”, a series derives its title from the ancient name for Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran. Translated as ‘glittering’, Chichast references to the lake’s salt deposits. For centuries, the lake has played a role in the Iranian consciousness as it weaves through myths and legends and its shore-side mud is attributed with healing powers. In recent years, drought and over-irrigation have caused depletion of the lake’s waters, threatening its wildlife.
In this series the video works entitled “From Outside or Otherwise”, which depicts two channel video- installations of the artist dumping buckets of water into the lake in attempt to reverse that trend and entering into the other space where she putting down the buckets. This video performance accompanied with series of five photo-installations entitled “Everything is upside down.
As the artist futilely attempts to resuscitate life, the artist’s initiative calls for human responsibility to the environment and other species in the global community. The force of these videos lies in their conceptual simplicity: they are just as they are staged. In a return to post-pruduction concerns, the works suggest the priority of object over form as the material (water)—not its presentation—constitutes the works’ primary meaning. Collapsing art and action, this performance combine works of art with the less romantic work of physical labour and fulfilling a duty. From a different perspective, this is a woman in the concept of male- centric context appears as an individual confronted with realities larger than herself.
“Chichast” series displayed at Mottahedan Projects in Dubai from April 20 to June 10 in 2013 as a two person show. (www.mottahedan.com)