Celebrating Artists’ Engagement with Television
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In 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) listed the air of the city of Ahwaz, Iran as the most polluted air in the world. With a PM10 level of around 372, the air in Ahwaz is three times as polluted as the air in Beijing, China. In November 2014, Anahita travelled to Ahwaz to collect some of its air. The air was then transported to Germany and filled into a glass ampoule, that is now carrying Air d’Ahwaz.
Source: Carbon12, Dubai
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Digital and performance artist Anahita Razmi mines her Iranian cultural heritage and appropriates iconic works of art—particularly those of feminist artists—bringing to them a new Eastern context. She is best known for Roof Piece Tehran (2011), a video installation for which Razmi recreated Trisha Brown’s seminal 1971 work Roof Piece, filming 12 dancers not on the rooftops of New York but on those of Tehran—a reference to the rooftop demonstrations during Iran’s 2009 election protests. “My works are always conceptual and political but they also have a sense of humor,” she has said. For Re/cut Piece, a re-enactment of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1964), Razmi wore a black Gucci dress and invited an audience in Dubai to cut it off her body. In other works Razmi has referenced Tracey Emin’s quilted textiles and Cindy Sherman’s self-portraits.
German, b. 1981, Hamburg, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany