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Nature Morte

Screening + Conversation

21/02/19 6:30 pm

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Mamali Shafahi‘s film Nature Morte unfolds in two episodes: Daddy Sperm and Immortal. Using a collaborative experience of filmmaking with his parents, Mamali Shafahi ushers them into his own queer world, eventually pushing them to get reborn as new characters in a universe far distant from their daily life of peaceful retirement in the suburbs of Tehran. Shafahi uses a cross-referential approach in his film making, notably referencing Still Life (1974), a seminal work by the filmmaker Sohrab Shahid-Saless. Mamali Shafahi will be in conversation with artist and writer Ashkan Sepahvand about the film.

Mamali Shafahi is a film-maker and video installation artist, with a deep fascination for the impact of technology on art and life. His early work in France, including the performance series Everybody needs a show, was followed by exhibitions in Paris, Tehran, Amsterdam and Dubai. Returning to Tehran, while artistic director of the Pejman Foundation he made the feature film Nature Morte (2014-2017). His investigation of relationships between past, present, future and new technologies led to V[i]Rology at the Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, in 2017. He is currently working on an installation for Cities at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Ashkan Sepahvand is an artistic researcher based in Berlin. His performative discourse practice engages with how knowledge-forms are sensorially translated and experienced. Previously he was research fellow at the Schwules Museum, curating the exhibition Odarodle – an imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017 and at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In 2010 he co-founded the institute for incongruous translation with Natascha Sadr Haghighian. Since 2013 he has led the technosexual reading circle, a platform for collective study with gatherings in Berlin, Beirut and Tehran. His work has been exhibited at DOCUMENTA (13), Sharjah Biennials X and 13, Gwangju Biennale 11, Ashkal Alwan, and ICA London, amongst others.

This event is part of the public programme accompanying the exhibition When Legacies Become Debts, curated by Azar Mahmoudian.


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