Three continuous nights of performances, acts, and audiovisuals
April 7-9, 2021
This year in February 2021 (as we write this intro text) we are still facing the same issues and restrictions, while most of our interactions and urgent matters in life are happening “online”. It seems inevitable that we have to examine these presences and absences simultaneously. And there is a lot to take in, how do we cope with these changes while emotional and economic pressures might force us to act/react irresponsibly toward already collapsing societies and the artificial and passive togetherness. Motavali tends to discuss and articulate these concerns and beyond.
Kasraa Paashaaie, Arash Fayez, Forough Fami, Mahoor Mirshakkak, Raheleh Bahrami & Farnoosh Allahverdi Nik, Amirali Ghasemi, Ghazel, Studio 51, Martin Shamoonpour
Motavali Media Performances, Feb 2020
Online / Offline program designed and supported by New Media Society
Organized by Shahab Anusha & Amirali Ghasemi
The 1st Motavali nights took place for 9 evenings between Feb 14 -25, 2020 at Vali Art Gallery with Talks, sharing research processes/documentation, and video screenings. The last days of Motavali were interrupted by the official announcement of COVID-19 cases in Iran,1 event got postponed, two ongoing projects were stopped and the last performance eventually went online via 3 live cameras.
Motavali (Continuous) brings together performative positions across different disciplines: lecture performance to Multimedia Installations. Projects which are being made, being revised, or tested, while most of our interactions and urgent matters in life are happening “online”. It’s inevitable to examine these presences & absences simultaneously. While emotional & economic pressures might force us to act/react irresponsibly toward our collapsing societies & the artificial/passive togetherness.
Artists’ Short Biographies:
Kasraa Paashaaie (Tehran)
Kasraa Paashaaie is a graduate of composing from Tehran Conservatory of Music. He has been performing sound art since 2010. Since then, he has pursued composing in the field of contemporary music and electronic music. He composes and designs sound for visual mediums, performances, contemporary dance, theater, and film.
Arash Fayez (1984-Tehran)
Artist and curator
Based in Barcelona
Masters in Fine Arts
Arash Fayez is an artist and curator. In 2011, he left his hometown to pursue his studies in San Francisco. After receiving his MA, he continued his career as an artist while working at KADIST Art Foundation. Since 2018, Fayez has been based in Barcelona and is currently part of la asociación cultural de Trama 34 en Hospitalet. He has exhibited/performed at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of
Art, NY; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; the British Museum, London; and the Wattis Institute, CA.
Fayez’s practice investigates the condition of displacement in relation to desire, where he researches notions such as statelessness, limbo, and in-betweenness. Spanning writing, performance, and video, his projects explore the condition of a mind in limbo as a result of the body in between; or, in other words, the mental and physical states of being in limbo as a result of being between two locations, two cultures, or two
Identities. His practice looks at the segment that separates these two phenomena and aims its audience to neither one place nor another but to what can be found in between. These works are primarily derived from autobiographical experiences interlaced with nonfictional content where he makes use of writing as a principal method to give shape to new ideas. By employing storytelling strategies, his writings are a mixture of fiction and documentary to construct an emotional landscape that resonates with displacement.
Forough Fami (1985-Tehran)
Based in Berlin
BA in Business Management
BA in Choreography, Dance, and Context
Forough Fami is a choreographer, currently based in Berlin. Her studies are in the domain of “choreography, dance, and context” and she is active in the fields of choreography, performance, writing, and teaching individually as well as in collective constellations.
Her recent research “Fears In Motion” is an umbrella for several and giving birth to ever-increasing sub-researches that are revolving around the notion of fear.
With contemplation on the diversity of possible approaches that are not necessarily prioritizing theatrical settings, she examines the moving power of this sensation that usually immobilizes beings.
Mahoor Mirshakkak (1991-Tehran)
Multimedia artist and filmmaker
Based in Tehran
Bachelor’s degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran University
Mahoor Mirshakkak, as a freelance multimedia artist and filmmaker, received her bachelor’s degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran University, in 2015 and professionally works as a film sound designer, since 2018.
Raheleh Bahrami (1989-Hamedan) and Farnoosh Allahverdi Nik (1989-Zahedan)
Raheleh: Performer-Visual artist/Contemporary dancer
Farnoush: Experimental performer and dance-maker
Based in Tehran
Rahele Bahrami: She studied Iranian instrument playing major (withdraw in the 6th semester), studied in the field of contemporary performances in Mise-en-scene private school, attending several contemporary dance workshops, studied Graphic design in Zima private school
Farnoush Allahverdi Nik: Master of Architecture
Farnoush A. Nik is an experimental performer and dance-maker, based in Tehran-Iran. She was born in May 1989 in Zahedan and completed a Master of Architecture in 2015.
In 2017, for the first time she got the chance to pursue her dream in dance by attending available Contemporary Dance workshops in Iran, out of Iran (if she got the opportunity), and later possible online workshops.
From the beginning of 2019, she started experimenting with her knowledge of space (as an architect) and her experiences in dance, by locating her body in different spaces and observing the responses of her body. This project, which is still an ongoing project, called “Body & Architecture”, faced a big pause due to the Covid-19 situation, regarding the outdoor spaces, but also started a new chapter of documenting the body’s movement in relation to different spaces at her flat (as the most-experienced space during the past year).
Meanwhile, she performed as a dancer and choreographer’s assistant, together with Raheleh Bahrami, in a duet called “Tag”. Tag was a project about body and relations. The way our bodies’ relations with the world surroundings -including space, other bodies, objects, lights, etc.- can change our interpretations of ourselves/others and how these ever-changing changes can lead to our body’s responses regarding our surroundings. Tag was performed as a part of Motavali festival by New Media Project in Vaali gallery, in the very beginning days of Covid pandemic and had to go online due to the protocols back then.
Amirali Ghasemi (1980-Tehran)
Curator, media artist, and a graphic designer
Based in Tehran
Graduated in 2004 with a BA in graphic design from Central Tehran Azad University
Amirali Ghasemi Co-founder/Curator at New Media Society – Tehran
Amirali Ghasemi (b.1980, Iran) is a curator, media artist, and graphic designer based in Tehran. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Azad University, Central Tehran Branch in 2004, with a thesis on “Research In Digital Art History”. In 1998, Ghasemi founded “Parkingallery”, an independent project space in Tehran; then in 2002, he set up Parkingallery.com: an online platform for young Iranian artists. Ghasemi has shown his photographs, videos, design works in various festivals and exhibitions internationally. As a curator, he has been directing many exhibitions, workshops, and talks for Parkingallery projects, such as “Deep Depression” (2004-06), “Sideways” (2008). He has co-curated The Urban Jealousy,1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (2008-09), and eight editions of Limited Access Festival for Sound/Video and Performance (2007-19).
He is working with photography, video, installation, and interactive projects, besides writing on the Tehran art scene and contemporary Iranian art for various magazines and his art-log. IRAN&CO is his ongoing curatorial project, an ongoing exhibition, and an archive of Iranian art representation beyond the border. In summer 2014, Ghasemi co-funded New Media Society, a network-based research platform and library. He joined the Postgraduate M.A. Course “Art in Context” at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2015, and in 2017 left it unfinished to return to Iran and focus on his media arts and curatorial projects at New Media Society and Tamaas Foundation.
Video artist – performance artist – visual artist
Based in Tehran-Paris
BFA and MFA in Visual Arts from l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Nîmes, France) and a BA in Film Studies from l’Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier, France)
Ghazel was born in Tehran(Iran) in 1966. She currently divides her time between Paris and Tehran. She holds a BFA and MFA in Visual Arts from l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Nîmes, France) and a BA in Film Studies from l’Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier, France). She has participated in many international biennials, including the 50th International Exhibition Venice Biennial (Clandestini) in 2003, the 8th Havanna Biennial (El Arte con la Vida) in 2003, the 3rd Tirana Biennial (Sweet Taboos, Episode 2: To lose without being a Loser) in 2005, the 15th Biennale of Sydney (Zones of Contact) in 2006, the 7th Sharjah Biennial (Belonging) in 2005 and the 13th Havanna Biennial (The Construction of the Possible) in 2019.
Studio 51 (Since 2014)
Performance, installation, and painting
Based in Tehran
“Studio 51″ has been a collaborative project between Bahar Samadi” Studio 51″ has been a collaborative project between Bahar Samadi and Navid Salajegheh since 2014. By recycling and re-employing pre-existing footages, as well as, textual/visual materials, and then processing them through a diverse extent of mediums, spanning from moving images to performance, installation, and painting, they attempt to construct a series of micro-narratives and assemblages, which reappear in a here and now that is an alternative to their original time and space. The output of these projects is visual, auditory, or tactile experiments that create new relationships between content and expression of materials. “Studio 51”, also, functions as a laboratory for these two artists to discover new forms for the possibilities of “working together” and, ultimately, to observe the way they evolve from one project to another and Navid Salajegheh since 2014. By recycling and re-employing pre-existing footages, as well as, textual/visual materials, and then processing them through a diverse extent of mediums, spanning from moving images to performance, installation, and painting, they attempt to construct a series of micro-narratives and assemblages, which reappear in a here and now that is an alternative to their original time and space. The output of these projects is visual, auditory, or tactile experiments that create new relationships between content and expression of materials. “Studio 51”, also, functions as a laboratory for these two artists to discover new forms for the possibilities of “working together” and, ultimately, to observe the way they evolve from one project to another.
Martin Shamoonpour (1983-Tehran)
An autodidactic multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, and visual artist
Based in New York
Graduated in Graphic Design from Tehran’s University of Science and Culture.
Martin Shamoonpour is an autodidactic multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, and visual artist from Tehran. As a teenager averse to school teachers, he began teaching himself daf, tombak, flute, and Iranian folk woodwind instruments, eventually performing in galleries and theaters throughout Iran.
Martin Shamoonpour holds a degree in Graphic Design from Tehran’s University of Science and Culture and creates mixed-media artworks that reflect his experience as a musician with ties to his old home, and his new one. He also creates stop-motion animations, CD artwork, and acrylic paintings, as an artist-for-hire, and as gifts for friends and family.