ZAHRA KOMEYLIAN


ABOUT/ CV

CONTAINER FOR A PRECARIOUS RECORD (2019)
PLACES WHERE THINGS HAD BEEN PUT BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN VIOLENTLY DISPLACED, AND PLACES WHERE THINGS FOUND THEIR NATURAL GROUND AND STABILITY (2018-2019)
ASABI IV: Untitled (2018)  
ASABI III (2017)
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Documentation of live performace, courtesy of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, March 2019

YYZ 40th Anniversary performance program, curated by Louise Liliefeldt, with Erika DeFreitas, James Knott, and Robert Lee.

Mediums: Steel vessels, molten paraffen wax, water, body
Performance duration: Aprx. 15 min



This work was first performed as an Open Studio at New Media Society, Tehran and Pirsook Art Centre, Shiraz (Aug 2018), Iran.

 

Places where things had been put because they had been violently displaced, and places where things found their natural ground and stability
examines space in its capacity to exile, entrap, contain, and grant sanctuary. The domestic space (and the internalization of), can be considered a locus which maintains a multitude of intergenerational, political, social, geographic, and imaginary negotiations. Repurposing and obfuscating ritual action, the work confronts the ambiguous vacillation between imposed control or concession to the collective, and individual agency. The movement of the limbs in and through a fickle medium aims to mimic the internal, simultaneously surfacing and repressed processes of negotiating relationality to self and the other.

Wax castings of the limbs, and detritus resulting from this performance were temporally engaged with and conceived a new body of work, Container for a precarious record (2019).


This project was made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and Chalmers Family Fund.