Meshki: Royal Black, Potato Sacks, i.e., Meaniningmization
Exhibition: March 16th, 2017 — March 30th, 2017
Opening Reception: March 16th, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Closing Reception: March 30th, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
BOLSKY GALLERY, Otis College of Art and Design
Gallery Hours: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Thurs 10am–9pm, Sat–Sun 12pm–4pm
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. - William Shakespeare
Meaning, definition, sense, explanation, denotation, connotation, interpretation, nuance.
I would like to emphasize nuance for 2 seconds. My grandpa was born on August 19, 1921. A little more than a year after he was born, the Soviet Union was formed. I was born right after the Iranian Revolution. A subtle difference for it really sounds prettier for the animal that therefore I am. He went through World War 11, received the best education and after years of diplomatic service, he was still playing with things he could excavate from the trash. And I survived the Iran-Iraq war. I would like to start naked in the first place, please don’t get me so wrong: by the word name i am not interested in nudity. My grandpa was a dumpster diver at hear. Today I’m so weak, so in pain, bleeding, almost invisible for I was called a woman by Khodah (Allah), who plans to speak endlessly. He was the person who introduced me to the idea of looking beyond what things might be, and the meaning they can bring to the table.
Walter Benjamin does not believe in true translation; nether do I therefore I say it in Farsi: <<Parvaz ra be khater be spar parandeh mordanist>> or << Remember the fly for the bird is mortal>> by Forough Farokhzad (translated by Shirin Bolourchi). Meshki in Farsi means Royal Black, whereas in Russian it means Potato Sacks.
Yesterday. I do not believe in yesterday anymore.
Tomorrow. I do not believe in tomorrow anymore.
Shirin Bolourchi and Alex Kay have worked together as Meshki Collective since 2016. Through research, video, sculpture, photography, wall pairing, and various objects they are creating environments that submerge viewers in a flood of experiences, which addresses critical thinking. Their works talk through the paradoxes of migration, identity, philosophy and politics.
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