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Temporary Installation: “Essence of Threads”
February 10, 2018 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Essence of Threads is an experiential multimedia installation that reimagines sanctuary as a poetic space of weaving. Bringing together video, found materials, and sound, Essence of Threads invites the viewer to experience the interstitial spaces between nature and meditation, and the craft and essence of weaving.
Presented in conjunction with Sanctuary, artists Shaghayegh Cyrous, Laura Elayne Miller, and Shirin Abedinirad’s day-long, multimedia installation reimagines the notion of sanctuary as the poetic space of weaving—a place of both nature and refuge. The art of weaving exemplifies the four elements in both its process and its essence. Essence of Threads invites the viewer to experience the craft of weaving as expressed through water, fire, air, and earth. Presented in eight portals placed throughout the exhibition space, the videos—created in Iran—will be accompanied by the physical remnants of found carpets from the United States, and the sounds of a loom used by a weaver from the Klozar Weaving Project, transforming Sanctuary into a space in which to contemplate and meditate on the poetic art of weaving.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Shagahyegh Cyrous (www.shcyrous.com) is an Iranian-American artist and curator based in San Francisco. She started her art practice in Tehran, Iran where she began her artistic practice with painting, urban installation, performance, and photography. In 2011, Shaghayegh moved to the Bay Area due to political tensions in her home country. Since then, her work has dealt with the experience of cross cultural communication and translation, addressing predicaments of estrangement and distance caused by political and cultural power dynamics. Her projects incorporate interactive time-based strategies such as social practice, socially engaged art and participatory performances, as well as digital technologies such as video installation and live video chats, to create poetic spaces and opportunities for human connection. Cyrous holds a BA in Visual Art from For Science and Culture University of Tehran, and an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts. Her most recent awards include a media art residency at Kala Art Institute, and the Escuela Arte Util fellowship lead by Tania Broguera at YBCA. She has exhibited, participated, and performed internationally at venues such as Tehran MOCA, Saba Museum of Tehran, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Jane Addams Hull House Museum of Chicago, British Museum in London, Minnesota Street Project, SFMOMA, and Kulturcentrum Ronneby Konsthall in Sweden.
Laura Elayne Miller
Laura Elayne Miller (www. lauraelaynemiller.com) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland. Her research-based practice incorporates diverse materials, mediums and technologies to investigate the conception that we create our own realities in relation to our surroundings. She explores the spectrum that exists between binaries such as truth and fiction, nature and human perception, history and memory. The outcomes of her work take different forms with a focus on installation art, experimental video, sculpture, and performance. Laura’s work has been shown across the US and in Europe, including exhibitions at Albus Lux in the Netherlands, The Mission Projects and The Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Krasl Art Museum, Interlochen Center for The Arts, and Artists’ Television Access. Most recently, Laura was awarded an Editorial Fellowship with the Cultural Research Network for CultureLab, a Research Fellowship with Common Field, and was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Laura holds a BA in Theatre from Fordham University, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Shirin Abedinirad (www.shirinabedinirad.com) was born in 1986, in Tabriz, Iran. In 2002, she began her artistic activities with painting. She studied graphic design and fashion design at Dr. Shariaty University in Tehran, where her research focused on conceptual art and the ways in which it overlaps with fashion design. Since 2012, Shirin has been making video art, exploring the notion of self and identity with moving images. She studied under critically acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In both her performance pieces and videos, she designs her own costumes, props, and sets. In March 2014, Shirin was selected for a one-year scholarship with United Colors of Benetton’s Fabrica research center. During her time in Italy, Shirin worked in Fabrica’s Editorial Department, and published an original book Fashion & Conceptual Art (Nazar Publication). Currently based in Tehran, Shirin continues to focus on her performance, installation, and video art projects.
The Klozar Weaving Project
The Klozar Weaving Project is aimed at supporting women weavers residing in the rural areas of Iran, such as Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Bijar, Hashtgerd, Eslam shahr, Tehran, and Nezam Abad. Through the supply and distribution of these high quality textiles, Klozar creates a market for craftswomen whose art is on the edge of extinction. The Klozar Weaving Project was founded by Soheila Moayed Jafarie and Shaghayegh Cyrous in Hashtgerd, Iran in 2014. For more information please visit www.klozarweaving.org.